1700 gram Campo del Cielo Meteorite

1700 gram Campo del Cielo Meteorite

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Quick Overview

This aesthetic Campo del Cielo meteorite not only displays a very nice overall shape, but is also completely covered with excellent regmaglypts. The coloration is superb, as it has been very nicely prepared and stabilized in order to help prevent oxidation. An excellent specimen for any collector. This specimen is what a person thinks of, when talking about a meteorite.

Measurements: ~5-1/4" Tall x 3-3/4" Wide x 2-1/2" Thick
Weight: 1700 gram
Location: Santiago del Estero province, Argentina

More Information:

The Campo del Cielo fall occurred in Gran Chaco Gualamba, Argentina, about 500 miles northwest of Buenos Aries. By carbon dating charred wood beneath the meteorite, scientists estimate it to have fallen between approximately 4,000 and 5,000 years ago. This timeframe is consistent with an indigenous oral tradition of iron that fell from heaven, the name being taken from the native term for the crash site, translated as “field of the sky.”

The large area over which the pieces were spread out suggests that the original meteorite broke apart upon entering the Earth’s atmosphere, sending more than 100 tons of material across the site. At that weight, it is currently the heaviest meteorite ever recovered on Earth. The Campo is composed of more than 90% Iron, as well as 6.68% Ni, 0.43% Co, 0.25% P, 87 ppm Ga, 407 ppm Ge, 3.6 ppm Ir.

In 2008, Argentina implemented a law prohibiting the sale of Campo del Cielo meteorites, outside of their country. This meteorite, and all others we offer come from an old stock that we've had stored for many years before that law went into effect. The prices of these meteorites are rising dramatically. Now is the time to purchase one of these specimens.