Sudbury Crater, Impact Breccia Thumbnail, 9.2g

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Sudbury is an "astrobleme" or impact crater structure located in northern Ontario Canada. It is the result of a catastrophic meteorite impact that occurred 1.8 billion years ago. The impactor was several kilometers wide and the massive explosion injected large volumes of material into the Earth at the Sudbury site. This event was so destructive, that it punctured the Earth's crust and material from deep inside the Earth's mantle erupted through the wound and mixed with exotic minerals found in the impacting meteorite. This site is now home to some of the world's most productive metal ore mines and this cluster of valuable mineral deposits is a direct result of the impact. If such an event happened today, it would wipe out all life on Earth. Sudbury was, without a doubt, a "civilization killer" - fortunately, humans were not walking the Earth yet when the impact happened!

Materials from Sudbury are rich in metals/minerals that are rarely seen in such abundances elsewhere, this includes - nickel, copper, iron, cobalt, sulphur, platinum, palladium, iridium, selenium, gold, silver, rhodium, ruthenium, and telerium. 

The specimen being offered here is a small slab of impact breccia from the crater structure. It weighs 9.2 grams.

Refer to the photo. The black centimeter cube is shown for scale and is not included. You are purchasing the specimen shown. Your purchase will include an ID label.