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Item # MML12137222
20g Muonionalusta
Meteorite with 2 Sides Cut
and Etched

$39.00
20g Muonionalusta Meteorite with 2 Sides Cut and Etched
A very interesting specimen of the Muonionalusta Meteorite. Two sides are cut and etched, showing the unique
Widmanstatten Pattern. The back side is untouched natural exterior with structure and pattern lines easily seen.

measures 1.4 x 0.56 x 0.41 inches (36.5 x 14.4 x 10.5mm)
Muonionalusta Meteorite
The Muonionalusta (Moo-neo-na-lusta) is a fine Octahedrite, type IVA
iron meteorite which impacted in northern Scandinavia, west of the
border between Sweden and Finland, about a million years ago.  The
Muonionalusta was found in 1906 near the village of Kitkiöjärvi.  Many
pieces have been found in a 25 x 15-kilometer (15.5 x 9.3 mile)
strewn field area in the Pajala District of Norrbotten County,
approximately 140 kilometers (87 miles) north of the Arctic Circle.
The meteorite was first documented in 1910 by Professor A. G.
Högbom, who named it "Muonionalusta", after a nearby place on the
Muonio River.

The Muonionalusta is probably the oldest meteorite known to man.  It
impacted the Earth during the Quaternary period, about one million
years ago. It is clearly part of the iron core or mantle of a planetoid,
which scientists believe it may have formed over 4.5 Billion Years
ago. It shattered into many pieces upon its fall on our planet. Since
landing here this meteorite has experienced four ice ages. It was
unearthed from a glacial moraine in the northern tundra.
The Muonionalusta meteorite is best described as a rather unstable, rust prone iron meteorite. It has beautiful
etch patterns that resemble those of the Gibeon meteorite. Unfortunately this means that buyers must beware of
sellers trying to pass off the unstable Muonionalusta as Gibeon which is renowned for its stability. We will
occasionally sell specimens of Muonionalusta and generally recommend Muonionalusta to those that are
experienced in iron meteorite preservation techniques.
Item # MML111500052
248g Muonionalusta
Meteorite Slab with 1 side
Etched

$99.00
248g Muonionalusta Meteorite Slab with 1 Side Etched
We procured this specimen from a collector who paid a very high dollar price for what he was sold on EBay as a
"Gibeon Meteorite". Unfortunately this buyer was duped by sellers passing off the unstable Muonionalusta as Gibeon
which is renowned for its stability. It has beautiful etch patterns that resemble those of the Gibeon meteorite, a
Gibeon meteorite would not rust like this specimen did. Muonionalusta sell for around a dollar a gram. We are
estimating that 50% of this etched slab can be salvaged, so we are listing this piece for 40 cents/gram, which we
believe is a more than fair discounted price. This slab is etched on one side only.

This specimen weighs 8.76 oz or 0.54 lb (248g) and
measures 6.1 x 4.1 x 0.14 to 0.16 inches (155 x 105 x 3.5 to 4 mm)
Special Salvage
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