Pallasite meteorite from Russia
What is a pallasite?
The Brahin meteorite is a pallasite, which means that meteorite consists of both iron and stone. Under enormous pressure the stony part is compressed into beautiful olivine’s in a nickel/iron mantle. Pallasites are a rarity among meteorites.
The first Brahin pallasite pieces were found in 1807. At that time, it is the second meteorite ever found in Russia. Sawed pieces of the meteorite end up in collections, museums and universities. During the Second World War German soldiers steal pieces in Kiev. Also in Minsk, parts of the meteorite disappear.
The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster
During the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the location of this meteorite became also contaminated. The zone is now part of the periodic control zone and is poorly accessible. The meteorite has not been contaminated by the incident because it was found deeper under the ground than the contamination penetrated.