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Canyon Diablo Iron Meteorites
Find / Fall: Find - 1891
Location: Arizona, USA
Classification: Iron, IAB-MG
Total Known Weight: 30 Metric Tons

The Canyon Diablo Meteorite comes from the plains around the famous Meteor Crater in northern Arizona, 35 miles
east of Flagstaff. The meteorite is named after the nearest landmark, which is the winding, dry, Canyon Diablo which is
located three miles west of the impact site. Canyon Diablo Meteorites are among the most historically significant
meteorites available to collectors. Made of nickel-iron with inclusions of graphite and other minerals they are classified
as Coarse Octahedrite Iron Meteorites. The smaller fragments show the effects of being torn apart by the tremendous
crater-forming explosion. Thin sharp edges and twisted metal are typical features of the meteorites from Meteor Crater.
Hunting meteorites near Meteor Crater has been banned for a long time now.

Meteor crater was formed approximately 49,000 years ago when a huge iron-nickel meteorite, most likely a break off
piece of an asteroid, streaked through the Northern Arizona sky, impacting in the desert plains and leaving a crater
4000 feet across and 700 feet deep. The meteorite is estimated to have been about 160 feet across and weighing
several hundred thousand tons. The earth was struck with an explosive force in excess of 20 million tons of Dynamite.

Settlers discovered meteor crater in the 1870s. It was at first thought to be a volcanic formation. In the early 1900s the
theory was given that Meteor Crater was caused by a meteorite impact. Daniel Moreau Barringer believed that a huge
meteorite weighing millions of tons must be buried below the floor of the crater. A mining claim was filed and drilling
operations began in 1905 in search of the meteorite. Drilling continued until 1929 when it was determined that there was
no meteorite to be found. A meteorite of this size, moving at the speed required to create such a crater in the Arizona
plains, would have generated enough energy and heat to vaporize most of the meteorite.
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Item # MCD11150861
31g Canyon Diablo Etched
End Slab Meteorite

31g Canyon Diablo Etched Meteorite
A hard to find specimen from the famous crater in Cochino
County, Arizona. This piece is from an Old Stock Collection.
Slight Surface Rust. straight view looks silver and black(top left).
Angled view with any light source shows brilliant silver shiny
chrome looking lines (top right).

This specimen weighs 1 oz (31g) and
measures 1.6 x 1.3 x 0.44 inches (41 x 35 x 11.2mm)
Item # MCD121335611
300g Canyon Diablo Meteorite
with regmaglypts

Item # MCDC11153214
Canyon Diablo
Meteorite/Harvey Nininger
Commerative Coin No 139 of

Canyon Diablo Meteorite/Harvey Nininger Commemorative Coin No 139 of 300

Canyon Diablo Meteorites are a "must have" specimen for a collector. Having this coin displayed next to your specimen
adds eye appeal, class and a sense of history to your display.
The front of the coin bears the face of H.H. Nininger, as seen on the back cover of Nininger's book Find A Falling Star,
uncontested as the scientist who brought meteoritics to the mainstream and leaving behind a legacy that is unmatched.
The reverse shows the famous American Meteorite Museum in Sedona as seen on page 222 of Find A Falling Star. Inset
on the reverse is a piece of Canyon Diablo meteorite.
The coin set was limited to a run of only 300. It is a 2" zinc base coin with an antique brass finish. The meteorite pieces are
small an have developed a coat of rust as can be seen in the left photograph. You can add your own small piece if you like.
300g Canyon Diablo Meteorite with regmaglypts
A hard to find specimen from the famous crater in Cochino
County, Arizona. This piece is coated with mil-comm TW25B
(synthetic, non oily protectant) gun oil to prevent any future rust

This specimen weighs 10.6 oz or 0.66 lbs (300g) and
measures 4 x 2.1 x 0.64 inches (102.9 x 53.5 x 16.4mm)