Meteorites are usually grey or black but did you know that a beautiful meteorite studded with crystals exists?
According to Daily Mail, it was discovered in 2000 in the Gobi Desert in Xinjiang Province, China. The mineral of olivine is responsible for the translucent golden crystals that are seen in the meteorite that initially weighed the same as a car hatchback.
In fact, an unidentified collector owns the largest piece that weighed 925 lb. That was on 2008. The collector decided to auction it for $ 2million (PHP 101,724,000.00) in New York but unfortunately, it went unsold.
The source cited:
“Arizona's Southwest Meteorite Laboratory, which holds about 70lb of the rock, says the remarkable find will turn out to be 'one of the greatest meteorite discoveries of the 21st century'.”
The Fukang meteorite “outshines” all the other types of meteorite in that class, which is the pallasite. They said that pallasite only makes up one percent of the meteorites in the world.
The source continued:
“The Arizona lab's experts say pallasites, whose make-up of half nickel-iron, half olivine gives them their mosaic-like appearance, are 'thought to be relics of forming planets'.”
Pallasites are said to originate from intact meteorites that were created during the formation of the solar system around 4.5 billion years ago. Very few types of the meteorites were thought to survive from the event.
In February 2005, the Chinese officials transported the Fukang meteorite to Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A. According to the lab in the States, the meteorite was the world’s biggest pallasite cross-section that measured 36 by 19 inches.
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