Chelyabinsk, Early Recovery Pristine Micro Pea, Tiny Meteorite

On February 15, 2013, a spectacular bolide streaked across the sky of Siberia and the town of Chelyabinsk. The bolide was so big and bright, that many people ran to their windows to look at it - a minute later a massive shockwave from the impact slammed the city, causing major damage. A factory wall collapsed and thousands of windows were broken by the pressure. Hundreds of people were injured by flying glass and debris.

This was the most devastating meteorite impact in Russia since Tunguska nearly a century ago. Unlike Tunguska (which was likely an icy comet), the Chelyabinsk meteorite was made of dense stone, so many fragments and meteorites survived the impact and are scattered across a large strewnfield. Chelyabinsk has been classified as a highly-shocked LL5 chondrite. I acquired my material from a very reliable source with solid provenance, and these fragments are fresh without any visible oxidation.

About these specific specimens : This stone and hundreds of others, were recovered by meteorite hunter Mike Farmer during his expedition to the Russian strewnfield weeks after the fall. These stones have been in dry storage since 2013 and I just acquired some of them for my collection. These stones were selected for these complete condition, shape, and fresh condition. Chelyabinsk meteorites of this quality were being sold for $40-$50 per gram after the fall. The price has dropped since that time, but so has the quality of stones - the more recent stones are oxidized and show signs of rusting. I am offering these specimens well below their original value, but at a price that represents their superior quality to your typical eBay and recent offerings.

The specimen being offered here is an uncut whole stone. It is 100% covered in fresh velvety fusion crust. This tiny meteorite is being offered as a micromount and not by weight. I have several of these little peas available and you will get the largest one remaining. They each weigh approx. 100 to 200mg each, give or take.

Refer to the photos. The black centimeter cube is shown for scale and is not included. You are purchasing ONE (1) of the stones shown in the photo. Your purchase will include a labeled gemjar for safe storage.

From the Meteoritical Bulletin entry on Chelyabinsk :


Chelyabinsk 54°49’N, 61°07’E (approximate centroid)

Chelyabinskaya oblast’, Russia

Fell: 15 Feb 2013; 3:22 UT

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (LL5)

History: At 9:22 a.m. (local time) on February 15, 2013, a bright fireball was seen by numerous residents in parts of the Kurgan, Tyumen, Ekaterinburg and Chelyabinsk districts. Images of the fireball were captured by many video cameras, especially in Chelyabinsk. Residents of the Chelyabinsk district heard the sound of a large explosion. The impact wave destroyed many windows in Chelyabinsk and surrounding cities. Many people were wounded by glass fragments. A part of the roof and a wall of a zinc plant and a stadium in Chelyabinsk were also damaged. Numerous (thousands) stones fell as a shower around Pervomaiskoe, Deputatsky and Yemanzhelinka villages ~40 km S of Chelyabinsk. The meteorite pieces were recovered and collected out of snow by local people immediately after the explosion. The snow cover was about 0.7 m deep. The falling stones formed holes surrounded by firn snow. Largest stones reached the frozen soil. A stone may have broken the ice of Chebarkul Lake, located 70 km W of Chelyabinsk. Small meteorite fragments were found around the 8 m hole in the ice but divers did not find any stones on the lake bottom.

Petrography: (D.D. Badyukov and M.A. Nazarov, Vernad). The majority (2/3) of the stones are composed of a light-colored lithology with a typical chondritic texture. Chondrules (~63%) are readily delineated and set within a fragmental matrix. The mean chondrule diameter is 0.93 mm. The chondrule glass is devitrified. The main phases are olivine and orthopyroxene. Olivine shows mosaicism and planar fractures. Rare grains of augite and clinobronzite are present. Small and rare feldspar grains show undulutory extinction, planar deformation features, and are partly isotropic. Troilite (4 vol.%) and FeNi metal (1.3 vol.%) occur as irregularly shaped grains. Accessory minerals are chromite, ilmenite, and Cl-apatite. A significant portion (1/3) of the stones consist of a dark, fine-grained impact melt containing mineral and chondrule fragments. Feldspar is well developed and practically isotropic. No high-pressure phases were found in the impact melt. There are black-colored thin shock veins in both light and dark lithologies.

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (LL5), shock stage S4, weathering W0.

Specimens: About 400 stones weighing 3.5 kg in total and a few thin sections are in Vernad.

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