Friday, 2 May 2008

Fukang Big Meteortite goes on sale


Marvin Kilgore, who owns the Fukang meteorite, poses for photographs at Bonham's Auction house in New York. The meteorite was found in the Gobi desert and is thought to be as old as the solar system.

According to Sky News it is "expected to fetch more than £1 at auction." Eh! I think they may mean £1 million. Even in my present hardened financial circumstances I would be happy to give more than a pound for it!

For your information:- The Gobi (Chinese: 戈壁(沙漠) Gēbì (Shāmò); Mongolian: Говь, Govi or Gov', meaning, gravel-covered plain) is the largest desert region in Asia. It covers an enormous area area in China and southern Mongolia. The desert basins of the Gobi are bounded by the Altai Mountains and the grasslands and steppes of Mongolia on the north, by the Tibetan Plateau to the southwest, and by the North China Plain to the southeast. The Gobi is made up of several distinct ecological and geographic regions based on variations in climate and topography. This desert is the fourth largest in the world. The Gobi is a rain shadow desert formed by the Himalaya range blocking rain-carrying clouds from reaching the Gobi.

Fukang (Chinese: 阜康; pinyin: Fùkāng) 44°08′N, 87°56′E is a county-level city in Xinjiang Province of the People's Republic of China. The population in 1990 was given as 38,795.

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