Gibeon - ROM2006_8073_2



Place Collected
Africa, Namibia, Great Nama Land, 25°30'S, 18°0'E
Weight: 1,427 g; 16 x 17 x 1 cm
Object number: ROMESM47659
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. David A. Gregory and Family, St. Thomas, Ontario. Certified by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Attestée par la Commission canadienne d'examen des exportations de biens culturels en vertu de la Loi sur l'exportation et l'importation de biens culturels.
On view
Gallery Location:Teck Suite of Galleries: Earth's Treasures
DescriptionThe Gibeon is an iron meteorite from a large fall in Namibia. All \'iron\'meteorites are actually composed of iron-nickel alloys.It is likely that such metallic meteorites are fragments from metallic cores of large asteroids. Such meteorites are among the evidence in support of a predominantly iron or iron-nickel composition for the Earth's core. This piece of the Gibeon has been sliced and polished, and then etched to reveal a distinctive pattern of crystals of two iron-nickel minerals, known as the Widmanstatten pattern. When present, this pattern is diagnostic of iron meteorites.
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