This specimen is a fragment of an enormous meteorite known as the Campo del Cielo meteorite. It is comprised of nickel, iron, and other trace metals. Campo del Cielo was discovered in 1576 by Spanish explorers in Chaco, Argentina. The largest fragment of this huge meteorite weighed an immense 37 tons. Scientists have estimated the date of the fall to be around 3950-5800 years ago (based on radiocarbon dating of charred trees in the vicinity of the impact). This is a beautiful medium-large sized specimen--it is quite dense and features interesting bends and flaring texture! It is naturally magnetic, and would make a great specimen or a super-graphic piece of jewelry.
Locality: Chaco, Argentina.
Dimensions: 1.13" x 0.88" x 0.75" (29mm x 23mm x 19mm)
Weight: 40.7 g (1.44 oz)
Iron meteorites contain nearly 100% metal, and are considerably more rare than chondrite (stony) meteorites. They are composed of the elements that make up planetoid cores--they can teach us quote a bit about planetary formation. The earliest usage of iron came from meteorites; early man fashioned them into tools and weapons, as well as cultural objects.
Meteorites are rare and highly prized. They are believed to activate the kundalini (chakra) channel, and to access information from other realms. Many cultures believed that meteorites were gifts from the gods, sent to Earth to teach and heal.
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