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NWA 2987

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       This meteorite is NWA 2987 meteorite. It is classified as a basaltic shergottite with vesicular glass pockets and trapped melt inclusions. In Nov 2005 a very fresh specimen was found containing veins and patches of shock-produced vesicular glass, it also had distinctive late-stage, partially crystallized igneous melt inclusions within iron-titanium oxide grains. This specimen was given the name NWA 2975. Since then additional specimens totaling about 1 kilogram have been found and classified under different names including NWA 2986, 4766, 4783, 4857, 4880 and others. This piece is part of a batch of 82 grams classified under the number NWA 2987. The name has been submitted but is provisional until published in the Meteoritical Bulletin.  These stones are the freshest of the basaltic shergottites except zagami. Martian meteorites seem very expensive selling for $1000+ per gram. However $1000 per gram is only $200 per carat which is the equivalent to a very poor quality diamond. Martian meteorites are much rarer than diamonds however. The total weight of all the Martian meteorites found to date is only about 91931.4 grams. That is 459657 carats or less than 1% ( to be exact 0.938%) of the 49 million carats of diamonds recovered by "one" company, De Beers Group, in a "single" year, 2005. The pieces below are priced at only $450 per gram or $90 per carat. 

nwa2987wt9-92a.JPG (27777 bytes)  $3500.00
 Weight 9.92 grams.   Just over $350/gram or $70 per carat.  About 25x20x14mm.  Note the patches of black glass.    Pic2    Pic3    Pic4
nwa2987wt6-18a.JPG (26967 bytes)  $SOLD
 Weight 6.18 grams.    Just over $350/gram or $70 per carat.    About 19x17x12mm.

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nwa2987wt3-14a.JPG (20233 bytes)  $2500.00
 Weight 3.14 grams.   Unbelievable crust with lipping.   About 60% crusted.  About 15x14x8mm.    Pic2    Pic3    Pic4
nwa2987wt3-01a.JPG (22178 bytes)  $1350.00
 Weight 3.01 grams.   About 60% crusted.  About 13x13x8mm.

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nwa2987wt2-99a.JPG (24411 bytes)  $1350.00
 Weight 2.99 grams.   About 70% crusted.  About 14x12x8mm.

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nwa2987wt2-76a.JPG (28895 bytes)  $1235.00
 Weight 2.76 grams.  About 15% crusted.  About 15x11x10mm. 

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nwa2987wt1-83a.JPG (21805 bytes)  $825.00
 Weight 1.83 grams.   About 35% crusted.  About 12x11x9mm.

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nwa2987wt1-72a.JPG (14810 bytes)  $775.00
 Weight 1.72 grams.   About 95% crusted.  About 12x11x8mm.

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nwa2987wt1-13a.JPG (13447 bytes)  $510.00
 Weight 1.13 grams.    About 10x8x8mm.

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nwa2987wt1-09a.JPG (16109 bytes)  $490.00
 Weight 1.09 grams.   About 60% crusted.  About 10x8x7mm.

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nwa2987wt1-04a.JPG (18352 bytes)  $468.00
 Weight 1.04 grams.   About 50% crusted.  About 11x8x5mm.

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nwa2987wt0-91a.JPG (14150 bytes)  $410.00
 Weight 0.91 grams.   About 98% crusted.  About 11x9x6mm.

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nwa2987wt0-63a.JPG (15634 bytes)  $285.00
 Weight 0.63 grams.   About 60% crusted.  About 10x6x5mm.

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nwa2987wt0-56a.JPG (12497 bytes)  $252.00
 Weight 0.56 grams.   About 80% crusted.  About 10x7x4mm.

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nwa2987wt0-48a.JPG (10572 bytes)  $SOLD
 Weight 0.48 grams.   About 98% crusted.  About 9x6x4mm.

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nwa2987wt0-40a.JPG (10423 bytes)  $180.00
 Weight 0.40 grams (#1).   About 80% crusted.  About 8x6x4mm.

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nwa2987wt0-40aa.JPG (9937 bytes)  $180.00
 Weight 0.40 grams (#2).  About 95% crusted.  About 8x6x5mm. 

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nwa2987wt0-37a.JPG (9335 bytes)  $166.50
 Weight 0.37 grams.   About 80% crusted.  About 7x7x5mm.

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nwa2987wt0-30a.JPG (9421 bytes)  $135.00
 Weight 0.30 grams.   About 50% crusted.  About 7x5x4mm.

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nwa2987wt0-27a.JPG (10548 bytes)  $121.50
 Weight 0.27 grams.   About 8x5x3mm.

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nwa2987wt0-25a.JPG (8642 bytes)  $SOLD
 Weight 0.25 grams.   About 75% crusted.  About 6x6x4mm.

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nwa2987wt0-20a.JPG (8693 bytes)  $SOLD
 Weight 0.20 grams.  About 60% crusted.  About 5x5x4mm.

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