NWA, Medium Octahedrite I

This 1,026 gram iron meteorite came from Said Haddany at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in 2010.  It appears to be a medium octahedrite, and is unusually fresh.   Fusion crust is patchy, but is particularly well preserved on the trailing face of the iron.

The nomadic finder did not know what he had found, and was using the iron as a mallet to hammer his tent stakes into the ground.  It bears a few original marks from impact (desert-varnished) and a few fresh marks from use as a tool.  Some white rock flour from impact is packed into one of the indentations left by schreibersite that ablated out.

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