SIKHOTE-ALIN,MARITIME TERRITORY, FEDERATED SSR, U.S.S.R.
|A)||ME-597 SIKHOTE-ALIN, MARITIME TERRITORY, FEDERATED
SSR, U.S.S.R. Iron. Octahedrite, coarsest. (IIB) CM REF: P.
327, HBIM REF: P. 1123, and ARNS REF: P. 291.
This witnessed fall took place on February 12, 1947 -- documented as the largest meteorite
shower in historical time. From the Catalogue of Meteorites, the
following information is provided: A shower of fireballs fell in this forest in the
Sikhote-Alin Mountains, 25 miles fro Novopoltavka, Maritime Province, producing 106 impact
holes, the largest 28 meters across, over an area of 100 X 600 meters. Many
fragments, up to 300 Kg in weight, were found scattered inside and outside the
holes. In the Handbook of Iron Meteorites, Vol. 2, P. 1123-1130
(1975) it is noted that: The largest shower in historical time occurred
in Eastern Siberia. The unique phenomenon was observed by many witnesses and has
been the subject of numerous, very thorough studies by Russian scientists. The
apparent diameter of the bolide with its luminous envelope was estimated to be 600 m, and
the length of the smoke trail was 33 +/- 9 Km. The brightness of the bolide exceeded
that of the Sun, according to eyewitnesses. A Xerox copy of the complete 8
page write-up from the Handbook of Iron Meteorites will be sent with any order
for one or more specimens, if requested.
TYPE I - Natural specimens with very thin, reddish-brown oxidized surface, as field collected. Each of these examples shows the characteristic, very rough, almost shrapnel-like surface features which are typical of this fall. All are very attractive, and quite suitable for display. All are from the personal collection of Walter Zeitschel, and his original collection labels are available for each specimen in this group. Pricing is @ +/- $2.50 per gram.
A) 167.00 grams 3 1/8 X 1 1/2 X
5/8 $ 417.50
|E)||TYPE II - Polished slices - each is a complete slice with all edges showing the
natural, very lightly oxidized surface features as described in Type I above. Each
slice has one highly polished, almost mirror-like surface showing bright, unoxidized
silvery gray metal. The back of each slice has a bright, unpolished, smooth saw cut
surface. The cut and polished surfaces of each of these slices have been preserved
with a thin, durable coating of Krylon to prevent surface oxidization. Measurements,
in this group only, are given: length X width in inches, and the thickness of each slice
is given in millimeters. Pricing is @ +/- $2.50 / gram.
111.34 grams 2 1/4 X 2 1/8 X 5 mm $ 278.25
|H)||TYPE III - End cuts - each specimen is approximately half of a complete individual,
i.e., an end cut. The backs of the specimens are in natural condition, as described
in Type I, above. One side only has been cut and polished, exhibiting an almost
mirror-like surface showing the bright, unoxidized silvery gray metal interior of the
meteorite. The cut and polished surface of each end cut has been preserved with a
thin, durable coating of Krylon to prevent surface oxidization. Pricing is @ +/-
$2.50 / gram.
H) 183.36 grams 2 1/8 X 1 5/8 X
1 $ 458.50
|TYPE IV - Exhibit pairs - institutions or collectors maintaining
collections for display or exhibit may wish to consider the following offers, i.e.,
exhibit pairs, cut from the same complete individual. The polished surface of each
specimen is a mirror image of the other and, when placed together, the two fit back
together perfectly. These specimens can be purchased separately, as noted above in
Type II and Type III. Purchased as a pair, a 10% discount is offered, reducing the
price for each pair, as follows:
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