Xining, Huangzhong Chinese Meteorite Fall, Micromount

$5.00
Xining, Huangzhong Chinese Meteorite Fall, Micromount

Description

On February 11, 2012, a large meteor blazed across the sky over the mountains of rural China. This meteorite exploded in flight and the fragments showered across the remote mountainous region of Huangzhong County in Qinghai Province China. The fireball was witnessed by local villagers who lived near the area and pieces of the meteorite aross a wide area that includes a snow-covered mountaintop area at an altitude over 8000 feet. Large stones also landed near local homes, including one that left a small crater in Baiya, and another that hit in Hergey village. A stone also hit a concrete road in Yehong village and shattered on impact into many small pieces. 

Early recovered pieces of the fall show pristine black fusion crust in patches and the broken exposed matrix is virgin grey with shock veins and tiny flecks of metal. Later recovered specimens are starting oxidize in the snow. Chinese researchers have classified this meteorite as a L5 chondrite.

Refer to the photo. The black centimeter cube is shown for scale and is not included. You are purchasing a small fragment selected from the larger lot shown. Your purchase will include a labeled gemjar for safe storage.