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NWA 7325 3D Model
Meteorite NWA 7325.
It has been determined that this meteorite predates earth at 4562.8 ± 0.3 million years old! After dislodging from a parent body, it is estimated that the meteorite spent 20 million years traveling through the Solar System before falling to the Moroccan desert where it was collected in 2012. Upon scientific analysis, a telltale extraterrestrial signature was detected –the presence of meteoritic iron, which is quite rich in nickel. In contrast, terrestrial iron is devoid of nickel. This was an immediate indication that the rock was not formed on Earth! Origin is unknown, however Mercury and the asteriod belt have been considered.
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, Mineralogy and Meteoritics Collection, Catalog No. MIN.100578
Scanned and processed by Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage Digital Imaging Specialist Chelsea Alene Graham using NextEngine, NextEngine ScanStudio and MeshLab in 2014.
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