Uivfaq (Ovifak), Qeqertarsuaq Island (Disko Island), Kitaa (West Greenland) Province, Greenland
Small Cabinet, 7.8 x 3.5 x 0.6 cm
Native iron is EXTREMELY RARE in igneous rocks, even though it forms the majority of the earth's core. This OLD-TIME, sawed slab is from the Type Locality, remote Disko Island, Greenland and is richly speckled with bright, metallic native iron in basalt matrix. This specimen dates to the late 1800s and has a fine provenance. Ex. American Museum of Natural History and Larry Conklin Collections. This is old, rare, and seldom seen. Most native iron is extra-terrestrial. This one, however, is from some of the oldest crustal elements humans will ever access, and is a rare find to make it into the hands of specimen collections.