- Meteorite Type: Pallasite, PMG-an
- Weight: 249 grams
- Approximate Measurements: 240 mm x 155 mm x 3 mm
- Additional Information: Large marvelous and translucent full slice of Springwater
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A spectacular museum-grade meteorite. Springwater was found in 1931 in Canada, near Saskatchewan. At the time, the meteorite consisted of three large masses, in addition to smaller fragments and another large individual that was later found and is now displayed at the Royal Ontario Museum. Little is known of the fall date of Springwater, and experts believe it was buried in soil for many years before it was found.
The exterior of this pallasite reportedly did not display a high level of oxidation and weathering and much of its original fusion crust was still intact, displaying flow lines characteristic of fresh falls. The interior of Springwater reveals that the meteorite is largely made up of olivine, with small amounts of kamacite, taenite, and other minerals. The light-colored olivine inclusions in Springwater are smaller and more abundant than in other pallasites of similar composition.
Pallasites are perhaps the most alluring of all meteorites, and they are certainly of great interest to collectors and enthusiasts. Pallasites consist of a nickel-iron matrix rich in colorful olivine crystals. They are believed to have formed at the core/mantle boundary of large asteroids and are extremely rare. As of 2021, there are only 130 known pallasites out of nearly 65,000 officially recognized meteorites.