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Iron/Nickel Meteorite “Core Material”


The location of the meteorite strike is Campo del Cielo, in Gran Chaco Gualamba, Argentina, about 500 miles north-northwest of Buenos Ares. Latitude 27 degrees 39 minutes South, Longitude 61 degrees 44 minutes West.

In 1576, the Spanish governor learned of the iron from the Indians who reportedly believed that it had fallen from the heavens. Searchers have found at least 12 craters in this area. Geologists have attempted to date the Campo fall by carbon dating of charred wood found in the craters. Dates of 5800 years and 3950 years (give or take 200 years) have been obtained. These dates remain consistent with the Indian lore that the iron fell from heaven. The meteorite is of a Structural Class: Coarse octahedrite, Og, Widmanstatten bandwidth 3.0 + 0.6mm. 

# Chemical Class: Group J, 6.68% Ni, 0.43% Co, 0.25% P, 87 ppm Ga, 407 ppm Ge,