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Toluca IA Coarse Octahedrite

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Toluca is an inclusion-rich coarse octahedrite. There is a great deal of human history behind this meteorite. Found in 1776 in Xiquipilco within the Toluca Valley of Mexico, fragments of this meteorite were collected for many years by the local Indian population. Many pieces were forged into agricultural implements and used by the local community.

This photograph shows 21 slices cut from a single Toluca specimen -- several weeks work. The individual pieces show the interior of the meteorite in a step-by-step fashion not unlike a C/T scan of the human body.

For more information on Toluca, see The Toluca Irons from the May 1995 issue of METEORITE! Magazine.

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