4.7 2.6LB Ni-Iron METEORITE Original Fusion Crust 1576 Campo Del Cielo for sale. This meteorite from Campo del Cielo in Argentina still has its original natural, uncleaned, unpolished outer surface. It is colored a dark metallic black, with depressions that look like thumbprints (called regmaglypts). This is a very 3-dimensional nickel-iron meteorite with a fusion crust that is scientifically significant and that is lost on meteorites that have been polished.
4.7 large cabinet size. All of our specimens come with a custom label with accurate locality information. Locality Information about crystals/mineral specimens from this location. Here's a superbly formed NICKEL-IRON METEORITE - the material that remains from an interstellar visitor passing through the earth's atmosphere and crashing to earth.Meteorites originate in the heads of comets, the asteroid belt, from Mars, and from the Moon. Iron meteorites are composed of nickel-iron metal. Scientists theorize that they are pieces of the central cores of large asteroids that once melted and then re-formed. During collision, these asteroids were shattered, sending pieces of their cores hurtling into space, where some of them fell to earth. This meteorite comes from the famous Campo del Cielo meteorite field near Gran Chaco, Gualamba, Chaco, Argentina.
We acquired this piece from a meteorite dealer who was set up at the Tucson Gem Rock and Mineral Show. M ineralogy Facts about gems, rocks and minerals. The first record of the Campo del Cielo meteorite was in 1576. A Spanish governor learned of the iron from the Indians who reportedly believed that it had fallen from heaven.
The governor sent an expedition under the command of one Captain de Miraval who brought back a few pieces of a huge iron mass he called Meson de Fierro (large table of iron). The location of the find was the Campo del Cielo (field of the sky or heaven), a fitting name for the location of a meteorite. Since the Indians believed that the irons fell from heaven the name may have come from the meteorites.
The area is an open brush-covered plain that has little water and no other rocks--very good country in which to locate meteorites. The next record of Campo Del Cielo meteorites was about 200 years later in the late 1770s. The Spanish thought some pieces might be silver ore, but once they tried to process it, they found that it was only iron. A Spanish navy lieutenant excavated one specimen which he believed weighed 14 to 18 tons.
This may have been the Meson de Fierro. He left he mass in place and it was not seen again--or was it? In the 1800s more smaller irons were found. A pair of flintlock pistols reportedly made of this material were given to President James Monroe.
Later analyses showed that the iron was not meteoritic. Systematic exploration revealed many more large masses; however, the Meson de Fierro remained lost. In 1992, American meteorite dealer Robert Haag was arrested by Argentine authorities while transporting a 37 ton meteorite from the area.
Haag was released and the huge meteorite remains in Argentina. Whether this is the famous Meson de Fierro remains for speculation. The larger Campo del Cielo meteorites are found in and around a series of small craters in the southwestern part of the strewn field. The largest crater is 78 by 65 meters.A smaller one is 56 meters in diameter and 5 meters deep. All together, searchers have found at least 12 craters. The main part of the crater-forming mass was found in each of these craters. This is in contrast to Canyon Diablo and Odessa where the main crater-forming mass is believed to have vaporized or shattered on impact.
In this respect, the field is similar to Sikhote-Alin. Scientists have attempted to date the Campo fall by carbon dating of charred wood found in the craters. Dates of 5800 years (plus or minus 200 years) and 3950 years (plus or minus 90 years) have been obtained.
These dates are consistent with an Indian oral tradition that the irons fell from heaven. Many of the Campo meteorites are highly rusted and corroded by terrestrial chlorides, however some have significant areas of relatively fresh fusion crust. This too, is an indicator of a fall in the not-too-distant past.The Campo del Cielo is described as a polycrystalline coarse octahedrite. At 3 mm the Widmanstatten bands are thicker than those at Canyon Diablo or Odessa, but still thin enough to have the same coarse octahedrite classification. The mass was composed of large austenite crystals from 5 to 50 cm in size. On break-up the fragments were cold worked like those at Sikhote-Alin and Gibeon. It has been hypothesized that the original body was tabular in shape and broke up on entry into the atmosphere.
Campo del Cielo is a coarse iron meteorite, with silicate inclusions. An analysis of the metal shows 6.62% Ni, 99.0 ppm Ga, 392 ppm Ge, and 3.2 ppm Ir. Metaphysics Information about crystal, gem and mineral metaphysics and healing. People interested in metaphysics and crystal healing tell us that meteorites are recognized as a gift from another world, and are held sacred in many cultures. It can be used for balancing and aligning the bodies, and to synthesize the alignment between the bodies.It enhances communication and symbolizes the strength required for endurance. It emits a trusting energy and provides for introspection to the thoughts of enlightened beings.
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The seller is "crystal-digger" and is located in Greenfield, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.