Iron IIAB, Found in Morocco, 2000
In 2000, small pieces of an iron meteorite were collected near Agoudal in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Known also by its provisional name, Imilchil, the meteorite was classified as an IIAB iron. After a small specimen was sold to a dealer in Errich, who recognized it as an authentic space rock, hunters returned to the find site in 2012 and uncovered a considerable amount of meteorites, most of them small pieces found on the surface or buried a few centimeters deep.
Individuals display a beautiful natural patina and, when cleaned, some reveal orientation and flow lines with tiny regmaglypts. The vast majority of recovered pieces are too small to cut in the laboratory, but a single, unusually large mass produced remarkable sliced specimens with a rare concurrence called recrystallization. This is a consequence of, what we believe to be, a secondary asteroidal collision that reheated the material. An interesting desert iron with attractive shapes and rich natural patina.