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Obernkirchen   contributed by Oliver Sachs, IMCA 5758   MetBul Link

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Copyright (c) Dr. Oliver Sachs / Mirko Graul.
22.647 grams.   Iron, IVA

TKW 41 kg. Fall not observed.

From Buchwald
A mass of about 41 kg was found before 1863 during work in a sandstone quarry on Bückeburg, near Obernkirchen. The iron had apparently been embedded in the moraine sand 4.5 m under the surface but about 3 m above the sandstone banks. When a chemical test showed the mass to be "Swedish iron," the quarry owner lost interest and discarded it, and not until 1863 was its meteoritic nature recognized by Wiepken (1884).

Oliver writes:
From old to new: Freshly restored fine Octahedrite (specimen found in 1863), etched with modern methods by Mirko Graul (IMCA 2113, Germany).

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Found at the arrow (green or red) on the map below


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Mark Bowling
 12/13/2016 7:51:34 AM
Very nice, I like hearing about meteorites found in mines and quarries...
Anne Black
 12/12/2016 6:24:27 PM
Interesting. The edge looks exactly like the edge and the oxidation on a Cape York slice.
Paul Swartz
 12/12/2016 7:48:06 AM
Bernd - thanks for the corrections. The text came from a scanned image on the Buchwald web site and those are not 100% accurate.
Bernd Pauli
 12/12/2016 4:02:25 AM
... in a sandstone quarry on B u e ckeb u rg (see map for correct German spelling), near O b ernkirchen ...
m schulman
 12/12/2016 1:56:37 AM
that is some seriously interlaced metal. nice.
Adri*n Contreras G*mez
 12/12/2016 1:10:18 AM
 12/12/2016 12:25:35 AM
This is such a cool German locality! A beautiful, delicate etching pattern where once can appreciate the effort made to conserve this special, uncommon meteoritic iron. Note how severely oxidized the outside of the find originally was on the upper edge in the photo, by looking at the jagged texture with approx 1 cm band of pitting throughout/along it. Danke schoen, Oliver for premiering this wonderful slice on MPOD!

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