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Imagine being on an excursion and after a long hike in the mountains, you decide to stop. You see a somewhat strange rock glistening on the side of the trek and you sit down on it to eat your lunch without knowing that that rock you are sitting on is not like any other but actually a piece of a meteorite as old as Earth itself.

This is what happened in 2000 with a hiker in the Gobi Desert near Fukang, a city in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, China. Upon taking a closer look at the rock, the hiker finally realized its rarity so he decided to return to the site with a hammer and chisel to extract a piece that he later sent to a lab in the US for analysis. The results of the evaluation showed that the stone was not a common rock, but that it was a meteorite.

This beautiful meteorite is a Pallasite, a type of meteorite with translucent golden crystals of a mineral called olivine, embedded in a silver comb of nickel and iron. This combination and chemical composition give it a very similar appearance to that of a honeycomb.

The Arizona laboratory responsible for the evaluation of the space rock stated that the Pallasites are composed of approximately 50% olivine and peridot crystals, and 50% metals such as nickel and iron, which gives it the appearance of such a peculiar mosaic.


Scientists Say Fukang Meteorite Is Older Than Our Planet

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These meteorites are very rare. Experts affirm that less than 1% of all meteorites have these characteristics since the few that have been detected are residues of the great collisions of gas and dust that resulted in the later formation of our Solar system.

The original Fukang meteorite was later extracted in its entirety and it weighed about 1,000 pounds and was later cut into smaller pieces that have been circulating in the auction market around the world for several years.

So now you know the next time you go on an excursion you will have to be on the lookout as you could be in the presence of rock older than the planet.