THE WORLD'S LARGEST ORIENTED PALLASITE
IN OCTOBER, 2005, PROFESSIONAL METEORITE HUNTER STEVE ARNOLD
made one of the greatest meteorite discoveries of modern times. In a field in rural Kansas — a site long known for yeilding space rocks — Steve found a complete, oriented pallasite, weighing almost three quarters of a ton. Excavated from its resting place seven-and-a-half feet underground, it is the largest pallasite ever recovered in the United States, and the largest oriented pallasite in history.
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WHAT IS A PALLASITE?
Meteorites are rocks that have fallen to Earth from space. They are the remains of long-dead planets and asteroids; many or most are believed to originate in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Pallasites are an extremely rare class, accounting for only about 1% of all known meteorites. Pallasites are packed with beautiful translucent crystals of olivine (the semi-precious gemstone peridot) suspended in a nickel-iron matrix, and are thought to have formed at the core/mantle boundary of an ancient celestial body.

WHAT IS AN ORIENTED METEORITE?
When meteorites hit the earth's atmosphere, they may be traveling at speeds as high as 17 miles per second. Some meteorites break up under the force of atmospheric pressure, others spin as they approach the surface of our planet. A very few meteorites maintain the same orientation as they burn through our atmosphere and acquire a conical, rounded or bullet-shape as a result of melting and ablation. These shield or rocket nose-shaped meteorites are extremely rare, and are described as oriented. Oriented meteorites are sought after by collectors for their beauty and rarity.

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Photo credits: Qynne Arnold, Steve Arnold, Phil Mani, Geoffrey Notkin, Oscar Monnig Gallery of Meteorites. All rights reserved. Original website design by Stanegate
The giant meteorite was found after a systematic search using sophisticated modern metal detecting equipment within the old Brenham strewn field in Kiowa County, Kansas. An earth-moving back hoe was called in to raise the 1,400-pound meteorite to the surface. The story was reported around the world on MSNBC, USA Today, ABC News, Newsweek, Discovery Channel, The Paul Harvey Show, and others. The media have dubbed Steve's meteorite "The Million Dollar Space Rock." See photos of the discovery here >>>
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