On examining a cross-section of some iron meteorites, a unique natural relief referred to as a Widmanstätten pattern is noticeable. Named after Alois von Widmanstätten, a Viennese scientist who discovered it in 1808, the Widmanstätten pattern is a three-dimensional octahedral structure in the metal that is formed from interleaving bands of kamacite and narrower borders of taenite - the intersections are filled with a mixture of these two alloys. We typically gather our Widmanstätten meteorite slices in Finland and Sweden. Discovered in melting glacial ice, our Scandinavian meteorite is approximately 4.6 billion years old and impacted the Earth circa one million years ago.
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