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NEW ACQUISITIONS

BOXHOLE, PLENTY RIVER, NORTHERN TERRITORY, AUSTRALIA

Iron. Octahedrite, medium (IIIA)  “CM” REF: P. 79, “HBIM” REF: P. 338, and “ARN’S” REF: P. 40. The Boxhole Crater is a 170 meter diameter, circular depression, discovered during a geological surveying of the area in June, 1937 near Dneiper (Boxhole) Station.  Several large masses of the Boxhole meteorite have been located, including one weighing 82 kg.  It has been concluded, from scientific studies of the meteorites found, as well as from investigations of the crater site, that about 5,000 years ago a large iron body apparently penetrated the atmosphere with no appreciable loss of speed.  At a high altitude, small parts of the surface of the meteorite, probably protuberances and other irregularities, were torn off and proceeded as independently falling bodies.  The main mass exploded upon impact, created the crater, and hurtled numerous fragments up to a distance of a few kilometers away.  A study of etched slices of specimens from Boxhole shows that the Widmanstatten lamellae are usually bent and torn out in long stringers, similar to some of the specimens from Henbury.  Slicing would probably reveal the distorted structure in all of the uncut examples below.  Each is a complete individual, as field collected, with a very thin, reddish-brown, natural oxidized surface.  If desired, a minimal amount of cleaning (i.e., with a wire brush) would expose the bright, silvery-metallic color and luster of the unweathered meteoritic material.  Pricing is @ +/- $3.00 / gram. 


7030

7031

7032

7033

7034

7035

7036

7037

7038

7039

7040

7041

7042

7043
   

 

ITEM NO.

 

GRAM WEIGHT

SPECIMEN SIZE (INCHES)

 

SPECIMEN PRICE

 

LENGTH

WIDTH

THICKNESS

 

7030

1.92

1/2

3/8

1/4

 

SOLD

 

7031

2.16

3/4

1/4

1/4

 

SOLD

 

7032

3.85

1/2

3/8

1/4

 

SOLD

 

7033

4.04

3/4

3/8+

1/4

 

SOLD

 

7034

4.10

1

3/8

1/8+

 

SOLD

 

7035

4.22

3/4

3/8

1/4+

 

SOLD

 

7036

4.55

3/4

1/2

1/8+

 

SOLD

 

7037

14.03

7/8

5/8

3/8

 

SOLD

 

7038

20.55

1 1/8

7/8

3/8

 

SOLD

 

7039

21.85

1 1/2

7/8+

1/4

 

SOLD

 

7040

31.00

1 1/4

1

3/8

 

SOLD

 

7041

32.00

1

3/4

5/8

 

SOLD

 

7042

33.30

1 1/2

3/4

1/2

 

SOLD

 

7043

34.20

1

1

5/8

 

SOLD

More specimens to be added soon

 

For additional information, please refer to the following texts: 

1.  “Meteorite Craters”, Kathleen Mark, P. 90 and 100. 
2.  “Meteorite Craters and Impact Structures of the Earth”, Paul Hodge, P. 62.  
3.  “Rocks From Space”, First Edition, O. R. Norton, P. 142. 

 


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