Springwater - ROM2008_10166_5

ROM2008_10166_5

Springwater

Place Collected
(Object)
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North America, Canada, Saskatchewan, 160km W. Of Saskatoon, Springwater
Dimensions:
Weight: 1,850 g; 20 x 14 x 1.4 cm
Object number: ROMESM16970
On view
Gallery Location:Teck Suite of Galleries: Earth's Treasures
DescriptionThe Springwater is a rare class of meteorite known as a “pallasite” or a stony-iron. Pallasites are named after Peter Pallas, who described the first such meteorite in 1776. Most meteorites are of two basic types: those composed of a mixture of silicate and other non-metallic minerals are called “stony meteorites”, and those composed almost entirely of iron-nickel alloys are called “iron meteorites”. Pallasites are intermediate to the two types—containing both iron-nickel alloys and the silicate mineral olivine; they may be evidence of an intermediate zone between crust and core in parent asteroids.
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