Case 3: Schlazer Collection

The case displays some of the beautiful iron meteorites and pallasites from the Schlazer Collection, a portion of which was donated to UCLA in 2013. The irons include Henbury [found in Australia in 1931], Mundrabilla [found in Australia in 1966], Gibeon [found in Namibia in 1836], Toluca [found in Mexico in 1776] and Campo del Cielo [found in Argentina in 1576]. The Widmanst├Ątten pattern, produced by the intergrowth of two iron-nickel minerals (kamacite and taenite), is quite visible in the Henbury and Gibeon specimens. The cube fashioned from Mundrabilla shows coarse intergrown grains of troilite (dark yellow) and metal. Large nodules of troilite and graphite occur in the slice of Toluca. Two specimens of Campo del Cielo are on exhibit -- an uncut complete individual and a slice showing numerous elongated and massive silicate grains.

Three back-lit pallasites are exhibited below the irons. These include Imilac [found in Chile in 1822], Seymchan [found in Russia in 1967] and Esquel [found in Argentina in 1951].

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