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 Tucson Ring ataxite, Tucson, AZ, USA 

    MM010

   This small slice is from a large ring-shaped

    meteorite first discovered in Sonora, Mexico

    by Jesuit missionaries. The meteorite was left

    near Tucson while being transported to Spain.

    It was taken to Tucson, where it was used as

    a public anvil until it was claimed and donated

    to the Smithsonian. This is an example of a

    rare variety of iron meteorite consisting almost

    entirely of taenite, a solid solution of iron and

    nickel rich in iron.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Specimen size: approx. 3.5 cm  X  1.2 cm  X  0.2 cm        Weight: 5 grams

 

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