Canyon Diablo, Rare Sand from the Crater Floor, 10g Vial

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When a massive iron meteorite slammed into the remote Arizona desert, it blasted out a mile-wide crater that is one of the world's most recognizable impact structures. The impact blasted apart the iron meteorite into many thousands of iron masses that have been recovered from the area for well over a century. The crater itself used to be in a remote area and access to it was open to the adventurous visitor before it was purchased as private property and subsequent access was cut off.

The samples I have here are extremely rare and come from an old, early-20th century collection from the time when access was open. These glass vials contain 10g of sand from the floor of the crater! This is not from the desert surrounding the crater, this is from inside the crater itself. This sand contains tiny particles that are a mix of magnetite, remnants of ancient volcanic activity, and vaporized iron meteorite particles. If you get lucky, you might find a spheroid or two - I have not searched all of this material.

Material from the crater floor is almost impossible to find now and I was lucky to acquire a small amount in a trade with another collector. This is the first time I have ever offered this material and I doubt I will ever get any more once this is gone. This might be your only chance to add this rare crater sand to your collection.


Refer to the photo. The black centimeter cube is shown for scale and is not included. You are purchasing a glass vial filled with crater sand like the one shown. The sand weighs approx. 10 grams.