The first Campo del Cielo specimen was found in 1576. After hearing accounts from the native Indians of a mass falling from the heavens the Spanish governor of a province in Northern Argentina commissioned a search party to located the mass. The search party located a large iron mass. The Spanish governor wrote an account of the expedition and submitted the report in the Archivo General de Indias, located in Seville. At the time it was assumed that the mass was an iron mine but it was not until over 200 years later in the late 18th century that the mass was assigned meteoric origin.
Over the years the over tons of the Campo del Cielo have been recovered bringing the total known weight up to 100 tons. The Campo del Cielo is a coarse octahedrite. The composition of the Campo del Cielo is 6.67% Ni, 0.43% Co, 0.25% P, 87 ppm Ga, 407 ppm Ge, and 3.6 ppm Ir, with the rest being iron. Based on carbon samples found, charred wood from beneath the meteorite fragments, the fall can be dated around 4,200-4,700 years ago.
For more information about the Campo del Cielo (IAB) visit the Meteoritical Bulletin Entry Here: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meteor/metbull.php?code=5247
|ID #: Campodelcielo
Weight : 1.428k g
Price: $ 357.00
Notes: Very nice individual.
Dimensions: 5 1/2 inches x 3 1/4 inches x 4. 1/2 inches.
A specimen card will be included with meteorite.