Olivine is one of the few crystals that has fallen to Earth from space. It has been discovered in Nickel/Iron meteorites. One of the most famous of these is known as the Admire Pallasite Meteorite, first discovered in the late 1800s. This particular meteorite formed around 4.5 billion years. Molten metal within the asteroid mixed with crystallized olivine, creating the stony/iron pattern we see today. A collision event that was estimated to have happened around 100 million years ago devastated the asteroid, sending debris in all directions, some of which were destined to fall to Earth.
This meteorite was a surprise discovery when a farmer accidentally struck the object with his plow. Pallasites are one of the rarest classifications of meteorites as they represent a mere 0.2% of all discovered.
Meteorite Classification: Pallasite PMG
Location: Lyon County, Kansas, USA (1881)
Display Size: 8.25 x 6.25 x 1.0 in.
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