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Nantan Nickel-Iron Meteorites

The Nantan fall occurring in China during 1516 AD is one of the rare witnessed iron meteorite falls. The official record of the Nantan fall relates that "During summertime in May of Jiajing 11th year, stars fell from the northwest, five to six fold long, waving like snakes and dragons. They were as bright as lightning and disappeared in seconds." The strewn field of the Nantan fall is approximately 8 kilometers wide by 28 kilometers in length, covering the towns of Lihu and Yaozhai in Nantan County, Guangxi, China. Meteorites from the Nantan fall exhibit a wide range of shapes varying through elliptical, flat-iron, semi-sheered, spherical, triangle, tongue and irregular shapes.

Nantan is a nickel-iron meteorite with an average composition of 92.35% iron and 6.96% nickel that is classified as a IIICD coarse octahedrite. Nantan meteorite specimens exhibit Widmanstatten patterns 1mm to 3mm in width that are readily discerned in polished and prepared pieces. A number of minerals have been found in the Nantan meteorites, with kamacite and taenite dominating. Less commonly occurring are cliftonite, graphite, lawrencite, plessite, scheribersite and triolite. The total weight of the Nantan fall is estimated at approximately 9,500 kilograms with individual specimens varying between 10 grams and 2000 kilograms in size. While these strange metal "rocks" were known to local inhabitants for centuries, the Nantan fall lay mostly untouched until China's "Great Leap Forward" in 1958 when a shortage of iron for steel production prompted government interest and scrutiny of Nantan meteorites. Fortunately, their melting point proved too high to be of use in local blast furnaces so many specimens of Nantan were spared.


Meteorite42 - Nantan Nickel-Iron Meteorite - $36.40
 
Meteorite42 - Nantan Nickel-Iron Meteorite Locality: Nantan, China
Approximate Size: 30.0mm long x 29.6mm wide x 12.8mm thick. Please note the image at left may be larger than life to help show the fine details.
Approximate Weight: 18.2 grams

This very affordable meteorite specimen from the Nantan fall will make an appreciated addition to any space rock collection. It is in natural condition and has not been wire brushed, shot-tumbled or otherwise mutilated to make it "shine" as unfortunately have so many other Nantan specimens.


Meteorite44 - Nantan Nickel-Iron Meteorite - $27.00
 
Meteorite44 - Nantan Nickel-Iron Meteorite Locality: Nantan, China
Approximate Size: 34.7mm long x 23.7mm wide x 9.2mm thick. Please note the image at left may be larger than life to help show the fine details.
Approximate Weight: 13.5 grams

This very affordable meteorite specimen from the Nantan fall will make an appreciated addition to any space rock collection. It is in natural condition and has not been wire brushed, shot-tumbled or otherwise mutilated to make it "shine" as unfortunately have so many other Nantan specimens.


Meteorite45 - Nantan Nickel-Iron Meteorite - $41.20
 
Meteorite45 - Nantan Nickel-Iron Meteorite Locality: Nantan, China
Approximate Size: 40.2mm long x 25.7mm wide x 14.7mm thick. Please note the image at left may be larger than life to help show the fine details.
Approximate Weight: 20.6 grams

This very affordable meteorite specimen from the Nantan fall will make an appreciated addition to any space rock collection. It is in natural condition and has not been wire brushed, shot-tumbled or otherwise mutilated to make it "shine" as unfortunately have so many other Nantan specimens.


Meteorite47 - Nantan Nickel-Iron Meteorite - $30.20
 
Meteorite47 - Nantan Nickel-Iron Meteorite Locality: Nantan, China
Approximate Size: 43.7mm long x 21.9mm wide x 8.0mm thick. Please note the image at left may be larger than life to help show the fine details.
Approximate Weight: 15.1 grams

This very affordable meteorite specimen from the Nantan fall will make an appreciated addition to any space rock collection. It is in natural condition and has not been wire brushed, shot-tumbled or otherwise mutilated to make it "shine" as unfortunately have so many other Nantan specimens.


Meteorite52 - Nantan Nickel-Iron Meteorite - $34.60
 
Meteorite52 - Nantan Nickel-Iron Meteorite Locality: Nantan, China
Approximate Size: 34.5mm long x 23.2mm wide x 12.4mm thick. Please note the image at left may be larger than life to help show the fine details.
Approximate Weight: 17.3 grams

This very affordable meteorite specimen from the Nantan fall will make an appreciated addition to any space rock collection. It is in natural condition and has not been wire brushed, shot-tumbled or otherwise mutilated to make it "shine" as unfortunately have so many other Nantan specimens.


Meteorite54 - Nantan Nickel-Iron Meteorite - $35.80
 
Meteorite54 - Nantan Nickel-Iron Meteorite Locality: Nantan, China
Approximate Size: 41.2mm long x 26.5mm wide x 10.1mm thick. Please note the image at left may be larger than life to help show the fine details.
Approximate Weight: 17.9 grams

This very affordable meteorite specimen from the Nantan fall will make an appreciated addition to any space rock collection. It is in natural condition and has not been wire brushed, shot-tumbled or otherwise mutilated to make it "shine" as unfortunately have so many other Nantan specimens.


Meteorite55 - Nantan Nickel-Iron Meteorite - $42.80
 
Meteorite55 - Nantan Nickel-Iron Meteorite Locality: Nantan, China
Approximate Size: 38.1mm long x 27.8mm wide x 13.0mm thick. Please note the image at left may be larger than life to help show the fine details.
Approximate Weight: 21.4 grams

This very affordable meteorite specimen from the Nantan fall will make an appreciated addition to any space rock collection. It is in natural condition and has not been wire brushed, shot-tumbled or otherwise mutilated to make it "shine" as unfortunately have so many other Nantan specimens.


Meteorite56 - Nantan Nickel-Iron Meteorite - $31.40
 
Meteorite56 - Nantan Nickel-Iron Meteorite Locality: Nantan, China
Approximate Size: 47.7mm long x 37.6mm wide x 6.0mm thick. Please note the image at left may be larger than life to help show the fine details.
Approximate Weight: 15.7 grams

This very affordable meteorite specimen from the Nantan fall will make an appreciated addition to any space rock collection. It is in natural condition and has not been wire brushed, shot-tumbled or otherwise mutilated to make it "shine" as unfortunately have so many other Nantan specimens.


Meteorite57 - Nantan Nickel-Iron Meteorite - $39.20
 
Meteorite57 - Nantan Nickel-Iron Meteorite Locality: Nantan, China
Approximate Size: 30.2mm long x 24.6mm wide x 13.5mm thick. Please note the image at left may be larger than life to help show the fine details.
Approximate Weight: 19.6 grams

This very affordable meteorite specimen from the Nantan fall will make an appreciated addition to any space rock collection. It is in natural condition and has not been wire brushed, shot-tumbled or otherwise mutilated to make it "shine" as unfortunately have so many other Nantan specimens.


Meteorite58 - Nantan Nickel-Iron Meteorite - $20.60
 
Meteorite58 - Nantan Nickel-Iron Meteorite Locality: Nantan, China
Approximate Size: 28.1mm long x 19.5mm wide x 14.4mm thick. Please note the image at left may be larger than life to help show the fine details.
Approximate Weight: 10.3 grams

This very affordable meteorite specimen from the Nantan fall will make an appreciated addition to any space rock collection. It is in natural condition and has not been wire brushed, shot-tumbled or otherwise mutilated to make it "shine" as unfortunately have so many other Nantan specimens.

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