Esquel - ROM2008_10201_7



Place Collected
South America, Argentina, Chubut, 42°54'S, 71°20'W
Weight - 855 g; 24 x 19 x 0.4 cm
Object number: ROMESM50081
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. David A. Gregory and Family, Certified by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act.
On view
Gallery Location:Teck Suite of Galleries: Earth's Treasures
DescriptionThe Esquel is a member of a rare group of meteorites known as pallasites. Currently there are only 83 recognized pallasites in existence. They are also among the most beautiful of meteorites being composed of a mixture of olivine crystals in an iron-nickel alloy matrix. The Esquel is particularly noted for the gem-like transparency of it\'s olivine crystals. Due to their peculiar composition it is believed that they represent the mantle - the intermediate layer between the crust and core - of an asteroidal body.
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