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WABAR
Iron Meteorite (IIIAB) Crater-forming
AN AEROLITE EXCLUSIVE AND A MOST IMPORTANT OFFERING

The Wabar crater field in the Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia is one of the most elusive and mysterious impact sites on Earth. The world's only known sand craters of significant size were formed by the impact of a IIIAB iron meteorite weighing many tons. It has a possible fall date of 1863, although some estimates put the age in the thousands of years. The heat and pressure generated by the event formed a diverse and remarkable collection of impactites, including exquisite black glass spheres known as Wabar Pearls. The site has always been nearly inaccessible and has only been visited a few times in history. Shifting sands have slowly filled in the craters over time and they are, today, almost obliterated. First discovered in 1932, differing reports place the number of craters between three and five.

Political events in the Middle East have made the area extremely dangerous and we have been advised by local experts that it is now impossible to reach under any circumstances. As such, we are extremely fortunate to be able to offer this rare and beautiful material, acquired directly from the son of the finder.

Rare as Wabar impactites are, pieces of the actual meteorite are so uncommon as to almost be a thing of legend. These exceedingly rare specimens came from the collection of the son of an oil company geodesist, Mr. Edward L. Elberg, who worked in the empty quarter between 1947 and the early 1960s, preparing maps and seeking drilling locations. In 1951, Mr. Elberg visited the Wabar craters (in the area locally known as Al-Hadida) and personally collected these specimens. He returned to the United States in 1967 and donated some of his collection to an American museum. We acquired all the remaining pieces.

In more than twenty years in the meteorite business we have only once offered Wabar for sale and that was in the form of a single slice. This is the first time we have ever presented individuals and fragments and this is likely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire material from this fascinating and now-unreachable meteorite site. Travel in the region is now so hazardous — and as the craters continue to experience in-filling — we never expect to see such examples again.

Most of these meteorites appear to be small individuals and a couple even show traces of faint thumbprinting and orientation! Please note the two examples with melt glass attached! We have never seen this on a meteorite specimen before.

An absolute must for collectors of crater-forming irons!

 

WABAR 3.0 grams
IIIAB crater-forming iron, discovered 1932
Al-Hadida, Empty Quarter, Saudi Arabia


New listing Shield-like individual with natural desert patina possibly showing orientation.

3.0 grams

16 mm x 12 mm x 5 mm

$75.00

 

WABAR 5.9 grams
IIIAB crater-forming iron, discovered 1932
Al-Hadida, Empty Quarter, Saudi Arabia


New listing The most likely candidate for clear orientation, this individual displays a knob-like nosecone and is reminiscent of small, oriented Sikhote-alin individuals that we have examined. Superb.

5.9 grams

21 mm x 15 mm x 7 mm

$148.00


GOLD BASIN, ARIZONA
Ancient stone meteorites from the famous Arizona strewnfield
In 1995 an Arizona gold prospector, Jim Kriegh, discovered ancient stone meteorites in Mohave County, AZ. His friend Twink Monrad joined him in the hunt and they spent years carefully documenting their finds. Gold Basin has been described as "one of best mapped strewnfields in history." We filmed a first season episode of Meteorite Men at this famous site during 2009 and it remains one of the most popular shows.
POLISHED HALF STONES WITH EXQUISITE INTERIOR FINISH
Gold Basin is one of our favorite meteorites, due largely to our long history with it. The strewnfield finder, Jim Kriegh, was a close personal friend of Aerolite President Geoff Notkin, and we filmed one of our favorite Meteorite Men episodes in the strewnfield. While GB doesn't look particularly interesting on the outside, when prepared in the lab, it reveals a wonderland of colorful relict chondrules, Impressionist-like mists of matrix color, and lots of metal flakes. We had these half stones cut and expertly polished on a diamond lap to show off their gorgeous interiors.
 

GOLD BASIN 57.5 grams
L4 chondrite
Found Mohave County, AZ 1995

New listing Lovely polished half stone with cream and dark brown interior, lots of metal and some large relict chondrules. Beautiful interior colors.

57.5 grams
68 mm x 39 mm x 12 mm

$115.00

 

GOLD BASIN 74.6 grams
L4 chondrite
Found Mohave County, AZ 1995

New listing Polished half stone with large face and some giant relict chondrules. Very shiny with tons of nickel-iron flecks.

74.6 grams
68 mm x 39 mm x 12 mm

$150.00

 

GOLD BASIN 82.9 grams
L4 chondrite
Found Mohave County, AZ 1995

New listing Attractive half stone with with a very highly polished face and abundant metal, with grey, yellow, and cream-colored relict chondrules.

82.9 grams
66 mm x 49 mm x 17 mm

$166.00

 

GOLD BASIN 90.7 grams
L4 chondrite
Found Mohave County, AZ 1995

New listing Polished half stone, shaped like Madagascar when stood on its end. Very colorful interior with high polish, lots of metal and chondrules.

90.7 grams
68 mm x 46 mm x 24 mm

$181.00

 

GOLD BASIN 93.5 grams
L4 chondrite
Found Mohave County, AZ 1995

New listing The polished face on this fine half stone is tombstone shaped and shows a cloudy, brown and cream interior with lots of chondrules. Both pretty and spooky!

93.5 grams
64 mm x 43 mm x 22 mm

$187.00

 

GOLD BASIN 157.5 grams
L4 chondrite
Found Mohave County, AZ 1995

New listing The largest of our polished Gold Basins, this polished half stone is a beauty. Rich in metal, with some speckled relict chondrules scattered across a grey, cream, and brown matrix. A beauty!

157.5 grams
73 mm x 52 mm x 33 mm

$276.00

JIDDAT AL HARASIS (JaH) 073
Ordinary chondrite, L6, Al Wusta, Oman, found 2002
With its weathered orange exterior, this is a great "throw rock" for meteorite hunters to test their eyes (and metal detectors) in the field.

 

JIDDAT AL HARASIS 073 87.4 grams
L6 Found Oman, 2002

New listing Solid end cut with highly polished face showing orange and black matrix and very small nickel-iron flecks.

87.4 grams

54 mm x 51 mm x 24 mm

$110.00

 

JIDDAT AL HARASIS 073 107.6 grams
L6 Found Oman, 2002

New listing Nice end cut with large, triangular polished face, black, orange, and cream matrix, peppered with hundreds of tiny nickel-iron flecks.

107.6 grams

93 mm x 62 mm x 41 mm

$135.00

 

GAO-GUENIE 17.5 grams

Highly oriented individual
H5 chondrite
Fell Burkina Faso, March 5, 1960

New listing Exquisite super highly oriented individual with textbook flat trailing edge, dome-shaped leading edge, radiating flowlines, and spectacular complete rollover lip. An amazing example of orientation!

17.5 grams    30 mm x 25 mm x 16 mm
$125.00

 

GAO-GUENIE 18.2 grams

Highly oriented individual
H5 chondrite
Fell Burkina Faso, March 5, 1960

New listing Gorgeous highly oriented individual with flat trailing edge, pointed leading edge good rollover lip and about 97% fusion crust. Your own personal heat shield!

18.2 grams

30 mm x 24 mm x 18 mm

$130.00

 

NWA 7397 Martian  AN AEROLITE EXCLUSIVE!
Full slices of Mars in attractive display box with COA

New Listing Northwest Africa 7397 is a martian meteorite found in the dry deserts of Africa in 2012. It was examined by meteorite scientists A. Irving and S. Kuehner at the University of Washington and classified as a shergottite. These are superb FULL SLICES expertly prepared on a special hi-tech saw for maximum surface area and comes with a certificate signed by Geoff Notkin. Own a piece of the Red Planet at an extraordinarily low price! We have a very limited supply of these lovely collectibles. MORE >>>
Only $199.00 each


SIKHOTE-ALIN WORLD CLASS MUSEUM SPECIMEN
Iron Meteorite (IIAB)
 

SIKHOTE-ALIN
Magnificent individual with natural hole and orientation

New Listing
A miraculous individual that has everything: amazing orientation, superb regmaglypts, a protruding "tail" or "finger," pristine surface features (no rusting or pitting) and even a natural hole! Simply as good as it gets. This one has been in the Aerolite vault for many years and will be impossible to replace. We got into meteorite collecting for pieces like this! More >>>

2105 grams    121 mm x 112 mm x 86 mm
$21,000.00


 

CAMPO DEL CIELO 932.1 grams
IAB First discovered 1576, Formosa, Argentina

New Listing
Top quality complete individual showing a hint of orientation and almost completely covered with small and overlapping regmaglypts. High regmaglypt density is rare among Campo del Cielos, making this a particularly desirable piece.

932.1 grams
103 mm x 64 mm x 63 mm
$549.00

LABENNE SAHARA HALF STONES
Historic pre-NWA hot desert meteorites cut and polished
We picked one of our larger Labenne Saharas that did not have a field number and had it cut and polished in the lab. Good grief! Look at the metal in this stone! It must be an H chondrite and has some of the highest nickel-iron fleck density we've seen in a chondrite. And they are loaded with shock veins too!

 

LABENNE SAHARA 486.9 grams
Unclassified chondrite
Labenne find, Sahara desert, probably 1998


New listing Attractive half stone showing moderate orientation, rusty-bronze remnant fusion crust and tons of metal flecks and shock veins on the polished face. An extremely lovely example of a metal-rich chondrite!

486.9 grams

132 mm x 67 mm x 37 mm

$465.00

 

SIKHOTE-ALIN INDIVIDUAL 76.8 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia

New listing
Extremely excellent lamella-shaped individual, thin and flat for good surface-to-weight ratio and absolutely covered with intriguing, well-formed regmaglypts and modest orientation. A-grade plus.

76.8 grams

75 mm x 29 mm x 15 mm

$460.00

 

SIKHOTE-ALIN INDIVIDUAL 71.6 grams
IIAB  Fell Feb. 12, 1947, Russia

New listing
Marvelous highly oriented individual with characteristic snub-nosed ablated heat shield leading edge, flow lines, and multiple rollover lips. A real beauty.

Don't miss the large pictures! >>>

71.6 grams

34 mm x 34 mm x 22 mm

$575.00

NORTHWEST AFRICA 5950
Carbonaceous Chondrite, CV3
We have a long and happy history with this unusual CV3, which was classified by Bathurst Observatory in New South Wales, Australia. Only about 3 kg of this material was initially found and Aerolite acquired most of it. Perhaps about two more kilos of small pieces were later recovered. NWA 5950 presents colorful orange chondrules in a dark matrix. All cut specimens have been expertly prepared on a diamond lap and show a bright and shiny finish. The exterior is dark brown with weathered remnant fusion crust.

 

NWA 5950 12.7 grams
Half stone with polished face
Carbonaceous chondrite, CV3
Found 2009, Algeria, Northwest Africa


New listing
Well-prepared half stone with highly polished face and bright orange chondrules.

12.7 grams
36 mm x 27 mm x 9 mm
$102.00
 

 

NWA 5950 13.9 grams
Half stone with polished face
Carbonaceous chondrite, CV3
Found 2009, Algeria, Northwest Africa


New listing
Good oval half stone with abundant grey and orange chondrules.

13.9 grams
34 mm x 29 mm x 9 mm
$111.00
 

 

NWA 5950 14.7 grams
Half stone with polished face
Carbonaceous chondrite, CV3
Found 2009, Algeria, Northwest Africa


New listing
Particularly appealing half stone with overly large and colorful orange chondrules.

14.7 grams
29 mm x 28 mm x 12 mm
$118.00
 


CAMPO DEL CIELO – Large specimens
Iron Meteorite (IAB)
 

CAMPO DEL CIELO 3,764 grams
IAB First discovered 1576, Formosa, Argentina
Large sculptural individual

New Listing
This hefty individual weighing in at about 8 1/4 pounds has the shape and feel of an asteroid — hardly surprising, given its origin out there in the Asteroid Belt. Good clean piece, with multiple regmaglypts and a pleasing color and feel.

3,764 grams
130 mm x 93 mm x 89 mm
$1,675.00

CAMPO DEL CIELO – Individual with rare natural hole
Iron Meteorite (IAB)
Natural holes are extremely uncommon in meteorites — less than one in one thousand specimens exhibit this feature. Iron meteorites with natural holes often appear zoomorphic, as the holes often look like eyes, and some specimens seem to take on the appearance of an animal-like creature. Extremely rare and highly desirable.
 

CAMPO DEL CIELO 703.3 grams "The Polar Bear"
IAB First discovered 1576, Formosa, Argentina
Complete individual with natural hole

New Listing
Magical and fascinating complete individual with heavy regmaglypting and a deep and well-formed natural hole that gives it a mysterious animal-like quality. We think it's a polar bear, but perhaps you see something else?
More >>>

703.3 grams
111 mm x 79 mm x 41 mm
$1400.00

NORTHWEST AFRICA 4502
Carbonaceous chondrite (CV3)
Found December, 2005, Algeria
With its shiny black exterior and dark brown interior, punctuated by large orange chondrules, this interesting carbonaceous chondrite looks very atypical from most members of its group. Classified by T. Bunch and J. Wittke it is officially described in the Meteoritical Bulletin has having "well-defined chondrules, chondrule fragments, and refractory inclusions set in a slightly weathered matrix." Our full slices, half stones, and end cuts have been highly polished on a diamond lap to show 4502's intriguing interior features in the best possible light. With its colorful undifferentiated chondrules, 4502 is a glimpse back to the formation of our solar system, over 4.6 billion years ago.

 

NWA 4502 23.7 grams
Half stone with polished face
Carbonaceous chondrite, CV3
Found 2005, Algeria


New listing
Very well prepared triangular end cut with highly polished face displaying oversized orange chondrules. The reverse face is dark grey/black and shows abundant shiny remnant fusion crust.

23.7 grams
44 mm x 38 mm x 10 mm
$175.00
 

 

NWA 4502 23.8 grams
Half stone with polished face
Carbonaceous chondrite, CV3
Found 2005, Algeria


New listing
Really beautiful end cut with particularly fine polished face and densely-packed orange chondrules, also showing hints of grey and mauve.

23.7 grams
44 mm x 42 mm x 8 mm
$190.00
 


NORTHWEST AFRICA 869 POLISHED END CUTS AND HALF STONES
L4 – 6 brecciated chondrite
We consider NWA 869 to have one of the most attractive interiors of any chondrite and these polished half stones and end cuts — prepared especially for Aerolite from individuals hand selected by company owner, Geoff Notkin — show this fascinating chondrite at its absolute best. All pieces have been expertly prepared by one of our top labs and meticulously finished on a diamond lap to the very highest standards.

 

NWA 869 55.7 grams
L4–6 Found 2000 Tindouf, Algeria

New listing Very good triangular end cut, well prepared, with diamond lap-polished face, grey matrix, and abundant light chondrules and shiny metal flakes.

55.7 grams
73 mm x 52 mm x 8 mm

$110.00

 

NWA 869 72.6 grams
L4–6 Found 2000 Tindouf, Algeria

New listing Excellent triangular end cut with very bright diamond lap-polished face, multiple light-colored chondrules, brecciation and abundant metal flakes.

72.6 grams
72 mm x 50 mm x 25 mm

$127.00

 

NWA 869 102.1 grams
L4–6 Found 2000 Tindouf, Algeria

New listing Sizeable and attractive oval half stone with very clean and bright polished face, and excellent interior dotted with lots of chondrules and chondrule fragments of varying size and color. Nice!

102.1 grams
55 mm x 49 mm x 24 mm

$153.00


 

SEYMCHAN 87.3 grams
IIE iron / Pallasite (PAL) siderite slice
First found Magadan, Russia, 1967

New listing Excellent full slice, oblong in shape, with lustrous Widmanstätten Pattern. Polished and etched on both sides. A very fine example of an etch pattern on an iron meteorite.

87.3 grams
125 mm x 55 mm x 3 mm

$262
.00

 

SEYMCHAN 96.8 grams
IIE iron / Pallasite (PAL) siderite slice
First found Magadan, Russia, 1967

New listing Lovely, elegant, elongated full slice with superb Widmanstätten Pattern. Polished and etched on both sides.

96.8 grams
127 mm x 46 mm x 4 mm

$290
.00

 

NWA XXX MATCHED PAIR 66.5 grams
Unclassified chondrites, found Sahara Desert

New listing
Attractive pentagon-shaped unclassified stone meteorite with good remnant fusion crust, sliced in half with both faces highly polished on a diamond lap. The interior shows a tan matrix with abundant metal flakes and colorful chondrules. At a guess, maybe an L4? It might be worth getting this one classified.

66.5 grams (total)

41 mm x 35 mm x 9 mm [and] 43 mm x 34 mm x 16 mm

$125.00

 

NWA XXX MATCHED PAIR 108.8 grams
Unclassified chondrites, found Sahara Desert

New listing
Nice obelisk-shaped unclassified stone, cut in half and diamond lap polished to reveal a very dark brown and ochre interior showing hundreds of tiny nickel-iron flecks.

108.8 grams (total)

61 mm x 31 mm x 13 mm [and] 63 mm x 34 mm x 15 mm

$155.00

 

NWA XXX MATCHED PAIR 110.5 grams
Unclassified chondrites, found Sahara Desert

New listing
Beautiful highly oriented stone, with domed from and concave trailing edge and dark remnant fusion crust, cut in half and diamond lap polished to reveal a cream interior with abundant nickel-iron flecks.

110.5 grams (total)

49 mm x 41 mm x 21 mm [and] 52 mm x 41 mm x 14 mm

$160.00

 

CAMPO DEL CIELO 156.2 grams
IAB First discovered 1576, Formosa, Argentina

New Listing
Elongated complete individual with numerous well-formed regmaglypts. It is quite unusual to see such nice thumbprints on an iron of this size.

156.2 grams
75 mm x 32 mm x 24 mm
$156.00

 

CAMPO DEL CIELO 193.7 grams
IAB First discovered 1576, Formosa, Argentina

New Listing
Excellent highly sculptural individual with good surface features, regmaglypts, and an attractive angular appearance.

193.7 grams
56 mm x 48 mm x 35 mm
$190.00

 

CAMPO DEL CIELO 219.5 grams
IAB First discovered 1576, Formosa, Argentina

New Listing
Very fine individual that presents like a flowering rose from a certain angle. Abundant regmaglypts and good surface features. A very attractive iron meteorite at an attractive price.

219.5 grams
55 mm x 48 mm x 37 mm
$215.00

CAMPO DEL CIELO – Premium individuals
Iron Meteorite (IAB)
Specimens with exceptional surface features
 

CAMPO DEL CIELO 307.8 grams
IAB First discovered 1576, Formosa, Argentina

New Listing
Exceptional highly sculptural individual which stands up perfectly on several small natural "feet" and which presents abundant excellent, detailed regmaglypts. A very fine display piece, with outstanding surface features.

307.8 grams
70 mm x 52 mm x 32 mm
$249.00

 

WOLF CREEK INDIVIDUAL 1,122.8 grams

New Listing This unusually large specimen displays the characteristic brain-like shape often seen in sizeable complete individuals of this ancient and intriguing meteorite. The last large example in our inventory.

1,122.8 grams

104 mm x 75 mm x 92 mm

$1,350.00

 

Taza 222.6 grams
Plessitic octahedrite Found 2001 Northwest Africa

New listing Taza, the "Queen of the Desert" has always reminded me of Sikhote-Alin. We experimented by having this one cleaned and — what a revelation. Underneath that desert crud hid a large oriented silver bullet with nosecone and rollover lip. Start your own space program with this one dazzle ship. Don't miss the large pictures >>>

222.6 grams 67 mm x 50 mm x 34 mm
$700.00

 

FORESTBURG (A)
L4 chondrite  Found 1957, Texas

New listing We worked with the celebrated curator of the Oscar Monnig meteorite collection for many years, and published the official Monnig Meteorite Catalog. As such, we had the happy opportunity to acquire some fine specimens from the collection — this attractive Forestburg half stone being one of them. With FREE COPY of the beautiful Oscar Monnig Meteorite Catalog (additional shipping applies) and original Monnig label. Don't miss the large pictures >>>
165.5 grams
85 mm x 51 mm x 40 mm
$370.00

 

PLAINVIEW "The Bird Head"
Nininger specimen with number
H5 chondrite  Found 1917, Texas

New listing "The Bird Head" is a magnificent complete, oriented Nininger Plainview (1917) individual with hand-painted Nininger number P92BB and Center For Meteorite Studies ID card. This piece was collected by Nininger and his team. A world-class meteorite and an important and significant historic piece. Don't miss the large pictures >>>

868.3 grams 121 mm x 79 mm x 76 mm
$4,000.00

 

RICHFIELD 77.5 grams
Ordinary Chondrite, LL3.7
Morton County, Kansas, USA
Found 1983


New listing Attractive and affordable slice of this seldom-offered Kansas Type 3, with large chondrules suspended in a grey-green matrix.


77.5 grams

91 mm x 65 mm x 6 mm

$695.00

 

HAXTUN 105.3 grams
Ordinary Chondrite, H/L4 or L4
Phillips County, Colorado, USA
Found 1975


New listing
Good partial slice with high polish on one face and ghostly relict chondrules.

105.3 grams

108 mm x 85 mm x 6 mm

$525.00



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