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IID Iron Meteorite Full Slice 90.5g | GHERIAT 004 | Spectacular Etch A+++ Collection Specimen

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Official Name: Gheriat 004
Classification: IID | Medium Octahedrite Iron Meteorite
Classification History:  The preliminary classification of this iron meteorite was done at the Royal Ontario Museum by Ian Nicklin. It has subsequently been analyzed and classified by Dr. Audrey Bouvier et al at Western University in Ontario and has been approved by the Meteoritical Society's Nomenclature Committee as a *new IID with official name Gheriat 004.
Mass: 90.5 gram - Full Slice
Description and History: This is a new find from Libya, and one of only a handful of IID iron meteorite specimens available on the market today. This iron meteorite displays a bright clean medium octahedral etch pattern (Widmanstätten patterns or Thompson Structures) on a palm sized full slice bordered by a solid natural external patina. An A++ collector's specimen. As noted in the Meteoritical Bulletin's online database entry, this meteorite was used as a hammer in the finder's workshop for several years before it was finally sent in for analysis. It is a lovely iron with a colorful history. 
*This has been determined to be a completely new IID Iron meteorite and not paired with NEA002. 
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ID: NEA-ABBAS20170008
Gheriat 004
Basic information Name: Gheriat 004
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite. 
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2017
Country: Libya 
Mass: 2.7 kg
Recommended:   Iron, IID 

This is 1 of 22 approved meteorites classified as Iron, IID
Comments: Approved 28 Jun 2017
Writeup from MB 106: 

Gheriat 004        30.607804E, 13.438359N

Gharyan, Libya

Find: 2009

Classification: Iron meteorite (IID)

History: In December 2009, a single dark redish-brown metallic stone was found in the Zamzem valley of Libya by brothers Mohammed and Abbas Alazhari and used as a hammer for several years before Abbas recognized it as a meteorite. In 2016, a small piece of the stone was sent to ROM for preliminary analysis, and later that year the remainder of the stone was sent to Dustin Dickens who submitted it for official classification at UWO.

Petrography: (A. Bouvier) Fresh interior, medium octahedrite texture. No inclusions were observed in the repository specimen.

Geochemistry: (A. Bouvier, UWO) Elemental composition of the metal in wt%: Ni = 9.8, Co=0.64; and in ppm: Cr=36.9, Cu=269, Ga73.2, As=6.5, W=2.6, Ir=9.8 and Au=0.55. 

Classification: Iron, IID

Specimens: Two slices totalling 92.1 g at UWO.

Data from:
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State/Prov/County: Gharyan
Origin or pseudonym: Zamzem Valley
Date: 2009
Latitude: 30.607804E
Longitude: 13.438359N
Mass (g): 2.7 kg
Pieces: 1
Class: Iron, IID
Weathering grade: low
Classifier: A. Bouvier, UWO
Type spec mass (g): 92.1 g
Type spec location: UWO
Main mass: D. Dickens
Finder: M. and A. Alazhari
Comments: Submitted by A. Bouvier, UWO.
   and collections
Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6, Canada (institutional address; updated 18 Oct 2011)
University of Western Ontario, Department of Earth Sciences, BGS 1026, 1151 Richmond St. N, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7, Canada (institutional address; updated 18 Jul 2015)

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