Dar al Gani 476, Rare Early Martian, Pendant


Dar al Gani 476 is a Martian shergottite meteorite recovered out of the Saharan Desert of Libya in 1998. It is a rare olivine-phyric shergottite type. This meteorite is rarely seen on the collector market now. The specimen being offered here is a 50mg lot of tiny fragments and dust contained in a glass pendant vial. These were made by Adam and Greg Hupe in the early 2000's for sale on eBay. You can make a necklace out of this pendant if you desire (your supply your own chain).

Refer to the photo. The black centimeter cube is shown for scale and is not included. You are purchasing the pendant vial shown. Your purchase will include the original Hupe ID card and a metal display label.

From the Meteoritical Bulletin entry on DaG 476 :

Dar al Gani 476


Found 1998 May 1

Martian basalt (shergottite)

A brownish stone weighing 2015 g was found in Dar al Gani, Sahara.  Mineralogy and classification (J. Zipfel and P. Scherer, MPI): fusion crust absent; meteorite has a porphyritic texture, consisting of olivine embedded in a fine-grained matrix of clinopyroxene laths (pigeonite and minor augite) and interstitial feldspathic glass; mineral abundances similar to EET 79001 lithology A; Fe-sulfide, Ti-rich chromites, ilmenite and chromite present; shock features include twinning and fracturing of clinopyroxene, mosaicism of some olivine, and plagioclase converted to feldspathic glass; impact-melt pockets abundant; extensive terrestrial weathering resulted in carbonate veins crosscutting the meteorite along grain boundaries and cracks; bulk chemistry intermediate between basaltic and lherzolitic shergottites, with a high bulk Mg/(Mg + Fe), high concentrations of siderophile elements, relatively low abundances of heavy rare earth elements (HREE), and a strong light rare earth element (LREE) depletion