- Meteorite Type: Stony-Iron (Mesosiderite B-4)
- Meteorite Weight: 2,900 grams
- Approximate Measurements: 166 mm x 155 mm x 67 mm
- Additional Information: A significant large silicate specimen! This hefty silicate specimen is accompanied by an ASU card. At some point in the original complete masses journey, the exterior was coated with a lacquer like substance to protect it. The fact that this large specimen clearly shows lacquer on one face tells us that is was part of the exterior of the original mass and it is possible that Nininger, or member of his team, applied it.
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The story of the Bondoc mesosiderite is one of the most remarkable in meteorite history. Recovered by H.H. Nininger 40 miles from the nearest village in a remote part of the Philippines during the 1950s, the original, and only, mass weighed a staggering 1,955 pounds. At the time, it was the second largest stony-iron meteorite ever found. It took Nininger nearly four years to get the mass back to the United States, and its amazing journey included travel by bulldozer and river raft.
Examples of this material are described as Bondoc nodules. Some of the matrix survived in excellent condition. Some of it was cut into slices, and others were preserved in their natural state. We are very pleased to have examples of both. These are described as Bondoc silicates.