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4.5 Billion Year Old Fukang Meteorite E-mail
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Back in the year 2000, a 1,003 kilogram (2,211 lbs) meteorite was discovered near Fukang, a city located in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, China. Named the 'Fukang meteorite', it was identified as a pallasite, a type of stonyĖiron meteorite, with striking olivine crystals throughout.

Pallasites are extremely rare even among meteorites (only about 1% of all meteorites are this type) and Fukang has been hailed as one of the greatest meteorite discoveries of the 21st century.

The Fukang pallasite is believed to originate from deep inside intact meteors created during the formation of the solar system about 4.5 billion years ago and very few specimens are thought to have survived their descent through Earthís atmosphere.

An anonymous group of collectors currently holds the largest portion which weighs 419.5 kg (925 pounds). In 2008 they attempted to sell it at auction at Bonhamís in New York for approximately $2 million but did not receive any bidders. A total of 31 kilograms (68 lb) of the specimen is on deposit at University of Arizonaís Southwest Meteorite Laboratory.

4.5 Billion Year Old Fukang Meteorite

When A Couple Of Seconds Are Enough E-mail
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Nature is magnificent, and people have been trying to capture its beauty since the dawn of time. Whether itís cave paintings, oil paintings or photography, you can capture a single image of natural beauty, and try to convey it to others. In some cases, a single frame canít fully capture the enormity and grandeur the artist experiences. By using computers, we can now capture small moments in time, and preserve them as moving pictures:

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When A Couple Of Seconds Are Enough

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