Tenham, Historic 1879 Fall with Ringwoodite, Crusted Slice, 11.2g

Late on a spring night in 1879, fireballs in the sky were reportedly seen by local inhabitants of the remote Australian outback in Western Queensland. Meteorites were found scattered over a wide area around the town of Tenham Station. Samples were returned to scientists and the stones were confirmed to be L6 chondrites.

Tenham holds two distinctions. First, in defiance of strewnfield mass distribution history, the heaviest stones of the Tenham fall were found to the opposite of the expected end of the strewnfield. Secondly, the rare mineral "Ringwoodite" was first discovered in a sample of Tenham meteorite. Ringwoodite is a high pressure polymorph of forserite which is named after the respected Australian cosmochemist who discovered it, Ted Ringwood.

Tenham is rarely seen on the collector market and most Tenham meteorites reside in Australian museums. This wonderful slice is one of the finest examples of this fall currently available. This professionally-prepared slice has a rim of fresh black fusion crust around three edges. It is polished on both sides and has large prominent chondrules and clasts.

Refer to the photos. The black centimeter cube is shown for scale and is not included. You are purchasing the specimen shown. It is a slice that weighs 11.2 grams. Your purchase will include the original specimen card, ID label, and padded storage box.

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