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Iron Octahedrite
Specimen Weight: 16.5 grams!

50,000 years ago, a huge iron-nickel meteorite or dense cluster of meteorites, estimated to have been 150 feet across and weighing several hundred tons, struck the rocky Arizona plain with an explosive force greater than 20 million tons of TNT. Meteor Crater, as it is commonly known is the best-preserved meteorite crater on the face of the earth.

Several years ago during International negotiations for ONE antique cast iron cap gun in appreciation anticipating a successful business transaction I shipped with my payment a present of an assortment of Florida fossils, my life-long interest and hobby pursuit. In return, much to my surprise I received THREE antique cast iron cap guns and TWO meteorites as "thank-you" gifts!
Later I gave my brother his choice between the rare Russian Meteorite, he studied about Russia, the Russian language, speaks Korean as fluently as English, or the
one from Meteor Crater, Arizona because he had visited it during his years while stationed in Babbit, Nevada.
I have tektites and several "personally-found-in-Florida" fulgurites; lightning struck fused sand in my odd collection.

Here is your opportunity to get a choice
CANYON DIABLO Iron Octahedrite METEORITE - No Reserve and starting at just $.99 Cents!

Shipping & Handling is $5.00 by USPS First Class Priority Mail. Insurance is extra and required.

Included with your specimen is a 4" X 8.5" DESCRIPTION CARD, which states:


The Canyon Diablo Meteorite comes from
the plains around the famous Meteor Crater in
northern Arizona, 35 miles east of Flagstaff. The
meteorite is named after the nearest landmark,
which is the winding, dry, Canyon Diablo 3 miles
west of the impact site.
Meteor crater had it's birth approximately
50,000 years ago when a huge iron-nickel
meteorite, most likely a piece of an asteroid,
streaked through the Northern Arizona sky,
impacting in the flat plains and leaving a crater
4000 feet across and 700 feet deep. The meteorite
is estimated to have been about 160 feet across and
weighing several hundred thousand tons. The earth
was struck with an explosive force in excess of 20
million tons of TNT.
Modern settlers did not discover meteor
crater until the 1870s. It was at first thought to be
of volcanic origin. It was not until the early 1900s
that the theory was posed that Meteor Crater was
caused by a meteorite impact. There was a belief
by Daniel Moreau Barringer that a huge meteorite
weighing millions of tons must lie below the floor
of the crater. A mining claim was filed and drilling
operations began in 1905 in search of the
meteorite. Drilling continued off and on until 1929
when it became evident that there was no meteorite
to be found. A meteorite of this great size and
traveling at the speed required to blow such a crater
in the Arizona plains also generated enough kinetic
energy to generate enough heat to vaporize the
meteorite nearly completely.
Most of the Canyon Diablo meteorites
have been found on the plains surrounding Meteor
Crater's rim. They were scattered for miles upon
the violent impact. In some of the shocked
meteorites, the pressures generated were so great as
to transform small pieces of graphite into
microscopic diamonds.

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