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Odessa IVA Coarse Octahedrite

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The Odessa meteorite specimens are found in and around a 600 foot wide crater just outside the town of Odessa, Texas, U.S.A. The crater was discovered in 1921, but the meteorite is believed to have fallen at least 200,000 years ago.

Odessa specimens tend to exhibit large numbers of inclusions of silicates, graphitic material, troilite and other minerals. These inclusions sometimes give Odessa a sinister appearance. The "bite" taken out of the top of the pictured specimen was a large inclusion that melted out of the nickel-iron matrix during atmospheric transit.

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