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Item 4584 - NWA 10023 Pallasite Meteorite Slice Catalog 594 (Oct 2020)

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Northwest Africa (NWA) 10023 pallasite (PMG-an) meteorite slice, featuring a significantly high crystal density among the iron, varying from small clusters to large, attention-seeking individuals. Handsomely polished on both faces, the full slice weighs 15.9 grams and measures approximately 63 mm x 55 mm x 1.7 mm. Hailing from the northern deserts of Africa, this is an astoundingly vibrant pallasite with olivine colors ranging from blood tangerine all the way to lime green. It is an unequivocally luxurious and bold pallasite. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Aerolite Meteorites.

Discovered in Northwest Africa in 2014, NWA 10023 has a low total known weight—less than 7 kilograms (14.5 pounds)—and is a gorgeous example of an extremely rare pallasite. As pallasite meteorites are believed to have developed at the core/mantle boundary of large asteroids, there is only a narrow horizon of favorable conditions for formation—that explains why out of over 61,000 recognized meteorites, there are less than 200 known pallasites. This exquisite slice is rich in olivine, also known as the gemstone peridot, which is the August birthstone.

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