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Item #10572 $ 245.00
Meteorite (iron-nickel) - 163 grams
Sikhote-Alin meteorite, Paseka, Primorsky Krai, Russia

If it weren't for me, you might not be able to afford this meteorite...well, sort of. Back in the 1990's, I made many trips to Dalnegorsk to buy minerals. On each return trip, I was given a list of things to bring from the U.S. for friends in Russia who helped me obtain nice specimens. Over the years, I brought over cowboy hats, shovels, chainsaws, pellets for pellet guns, and...three metal detectors.

The metal detectors were immediately put to use finding meteorites! The Sikhote-Alin meteorite fell to earth just west of Dalnegorsk. Before my metal detectors, small meteorites from the fall sold for dollars per gram. After my metal detectors, some people were selling meteorites for 20 cents per gram! Some people found 5 or 10 kilos of meteorites per day at a time when many people earned only 70 dollars per month. Many people told me I could go with them to hunt meteorites any time I wanted. I never went as I was always so busy in Dalnegorsk and I never really realized how very close I was to the meteorites. I have big regrets about this to this day...

At any rate, this is a fine example of a meteorite from the area. It has a great thumbprinting and a great fusion crust. It has a nice shape, and it stands as shown without support. 4.3 x 4.1 x 2.0 cm and 163 grams.