Enormous Campo del Cielo Meteorite
Iron, Coarse Octahedrite
Gran Chaco, Argentina
Over 4,000 years ago, a gigantic meteorite fell to Earth in Gran Chaco Gualamba, Argentina. Known as Campo del Cielo, Field of the Sky, the finest specimens of are known as new Campos, found higher in the mountains, protected from erosion and rust caused by rain. This huge meteorite specimen is highly unusual for a Campo del Cielo; it is a shrapnel-type specimen covered in small regmaglypts with some larger regmaglypts, giving it the appearance of a Sikhote-Alin meteorite rather than the usual Campos, which are covered in larger regmaglypts. These smaller regmaglypts indicate that this meteorite exploded at a lower altitude, with no time for the larger regmaglypts to form. Regmaglypts are formed when the softer troilite (iron-sulfide) melts while the meteorite passes through the earth's atmosphere, leaving thumbprint-like impressions in the iron-nickel meteorite. This unusual, pristine aesthetic meteorite specimen is a highly desirable example.
Measures 9 x 9 x 6in, Weighs 53.35lbs