From the Meteoritical Bulletin:
History: Purchased in December 2005 by Greg Hupé from a Moroccan dealer in Tagounite.
Physical characteristics: Thirty-six pale gray to whitish stones lacking Melted exterior of a meteorite that forms when it passes through Earth’s atmosphere. Friction with the air will raise a meteorite’s surface temperature upwards of 4800 K (8180 °F) and will melt (ablate) the surface minerals and flow backwards over the surface as shown in the Lafayette meteorite photograph below. Click on Term to Read More with a total weight of 8672 g. Several stones have exterior light orange staining, and two stones contain one or two dark brown cross-cutting veins (1–2 mm wide) of magnetic, fine-grained iron oxide and hydroxide minerals.
From the Meteoritical Bulletin:
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- Attach pictures of damaged item and pictures of damaged packaging.
- Await a response and approval before returning any damaged item. No returns will be refunded or accepted if Buyer does not receive prior approval from SkyFall Meteorites.
- After approval, Buyer will receive instructions and address where to return the item.
- All pieces must be returned including any crumbs, fragments and display cases associated with the damaged item. In case of any discrepancy, SkyFall Meteorites will only refund Buyer for portion of item(s) that have been returned.
- To prevent further damage, packaging materials used to ship item back must be of same or better quality as materials used to ship item to Buyer.
- SkyFall Meteorites will also refund Buyer the postal costs associated with return within 48 hours of verified acceptance by carrier if shipped with tracking or within 48-hours of receipt of items by SkyFall Meteorites.
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SkyFall Meteorites accepts no responsibility for any unauthorized return or unsolicited shipment. Any loss or damage of the item(s) shipped is strictly the Sender’s responsibility, and SkyFall Meteorites and its owners are held harmless for any direct or indirect financial costs regardless of whether package was shown as delivered or not.
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