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Glorieta Mountain

The Glorieta Mountain meteorite was first discovered in Canoncito, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA during May 1884. Three large masses (67kg, 52kg & 24kg) were found on a farm located about 8km South of Glorieta Mountain. Pieces of meteorite are still being found to this day despite the ruggedness of the surrounding terrain. Glorieta Mountain is classified as a rare Stony/Iron, specifically an anomalous Pallasite. It is highly sought after by collectors as it is one of the most beautiful meteorites ever discovered and along with Esquel, is also the most stable Pallasite. Many of the pieces from this find have actually been 'siderites' (all iron with no olivine crystal) and only a few large pieces are of a complete Pallasite nature. (About 50% Iron & 50% Olivine) A theory behind the many small individuals found (such as below) are that they were flecked or 'ablated' off during atmospheric entry. Sometimes olivine would also go with the melting iron and form very unusual sculptured individuals. The sculptured 9 gram individual pictured below is such a specimen and has a large olivine crystal running through the centre. It is part of the Meteorites Australia Collection.

Glorieta Mountain (Pallasite) - 9.00g Individual.

Glorieta Mountain (Pallasite) - 9.00g Individual.


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