Mars Rock Pendant, Glass Vial with Genuine Martian Meteorite

$29.00
Mars Rock Pendant, Glass Vial with Genuine Martian Meteorite

Description

This unisex pendant contains a genuine sample of the planet Mars! - this Martian meteorite was recovered from a remote area of the Saharan Desert in Algeria. It is a shergottite (NWA 7397) and whose chemical signatures match the NASA Pathfinder rover data. The pendant has a 2mm hole and is ready to hang on a necklace of your choice - chain not included. The metal bail is sterling silver plated.

Refer to the photo. The black centimeter cube is shown for scale and is not included. You are purchasing a pendant like the one shown. Your purchase will include a labeled gemjar for safe storage.

From the Meteoritical Bulletin entry on NWA 7397 :

Northwest Africa 7397 (NWA 7397)

Northwest Africa

Purchased: 2012 Jun

Classification: Martian meteorite (Shergottite)

History: Found near Smara, Morocco and purchased by Darryl Pitt and David Gheesling from a dealer in Zagora, Morocco in 2012 June.

Physical characteristics: A 2130 g, partially covered in fusion crust. Interior larger ovoid crystals in a finer grained matrix.

Petrography: (A. Irving and S. Kuehner, UWS) Large oikocrysts (up to 1.5 cm across) of low-Ca pyroxene enclose multiple chadacrysts of olivine and Cr-rich chromite. Relatively equigranular domains between oikocrysts are composed of low-Ca and high-Ca pyroxene (showing very limited compositional zoning), maskleynite and olivine with accessory merrillite, Ti-chromite, pyrrhotite and ilmenite (with associated grains of baddeleyite up to 10 μm across). Olivine contains sparse melt inclusions composed of K-Na-Al-Si-rich glass surrounded by characteristic post-shock radial expansion microfractures.

Classification: Martian (shergottite, poikilitic).