NEA 002 is the official name for this unique new iron from North East Africa (Libya). It has an incredible, fractal like etch pattern like nothing you have ever seen before. It has been provisionally classified as a rare, anomalous IID by UCLA (see description below). When UCLA first received the type specimen they noted that it possessed a "truly striking structure". The total known weight before cutting was only 5.48 kg, and after cutting, and sanding losses of around 30%, and the generous type specimen set aside for study, there is not much of this spectacular iron left to go around.
UCLA's report on NEA 002:
It does not show the characteristic structure of IID iron. This is a high-Ir (21 mg/g), low-Au (0.56 mg/g) iron so one would expect it to have a band-width of about 0.7 mm. Instead it consists of small domains 0.81 X 2 cm, filled with fine-Widmanstatten pattern of kamacite bandlets, often in parallel clusters of several bands, each ~0.2 mm wide. No inclusions are visible. Cracks are present between several of the domains. Composition similar to that of IID-An Arltunga, which has an anomalous (but still finer) structure.
The elemental composition, as determined by UCLA: Cr 138 µg/g, Co 6.6 mg/g, Ni 101 mg/g, Cu 260 µg/g, Ga 71 µg/g, As 4.1 µg/g, Sb low ng/g, W 3.1 µg/g, Ir 21 µg/g, Au 0.56 µg/g.
The following beautiful specimens of NEA 002 are currently avialable. Click on the links below for more photos, and prices.
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Superb 148g NEA 002 Full Slice!
Superb 156g NEA 002 Full Slice!
Beautiful 95g NEA 002 Part Slice!
Beautiful 48g NEA 002 Part Slice!
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