Description- An incredible large Wabar impactite with white insta-rock interior that ranges from mostly a chalky appearance to a couple of locations where its texture is glossy and vesicular, surrounded by a matte black, and somewhat lumpy, shell. The black exterior envelopes one large face and wraps around the sides to encroach on the reverse large face. This piece is a fascinating study in the textural and visual differences in the two principal materials of Wabar impactite.
Location- The meteorite impact in the Empty Quarter (Rub' al Khali) in southern Saudi Arabia.
Weight- 28.8 grams
Measurements- 79 mm x 46 mm x 30 mm
Three craters have been documented though very little material has come out of this site, and now the craters are covered over by the ever-shifting sand dunes. These pieces came from a collection that has been in storage for about 20 years; an American working in Saudi Arabia for 30 years visited the craters 3 times in the 1990s, bringing back to the States some material. This is what remains of his collection.