Canyon Diablo Zoomorphic Meteorite with Nininger Study Kit
Meteor Crater, Coconino County, Arizona
With softened ridges and a gleaming graphite patina, this charming tennis ball-sized meteorite evokes the head of a short-billed duck. A mineral inclusion was located where a single deep socket is now seen in this lively and delightful pocket-sized meteorite.
A Meteorite Crater Study Kit, created by Dr. H.H. Nininger (see lot 12) accompanies the meteorite described above. The kit was manufactured in an effort to further the understanding of meteorites and meteorite craters. Out of production for decades, the kit contains a Canyon Diablo meteorite fragment, metallic spheroids (particles which condensed out of the vapor cloud created by Canyon Diablos impact) and a sample of impactite (terrestrial rock convulsed and altered by the encounter).
All of the foregoing are included along with Nininger's classic 65-page handbook, "A Comet Strikes the Earth," which includes nearly two-dozen images. Attached to the handbook is a second Canyon Diablo meteorite fragment that Nininger certifies as having been found at the craters rim. This kit was produced by the American Meteorite Laboratory in Colorado, founded by Nininger's son-in-law, Glen Huss.(2)
94 x 69 x 41mm (3.75 x 2.75 x 1.5in) and 625 grams (1.4 pounds)