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An MPOD Classic
from 25 October 2017

Campo del Cielo   contributed by Matthias Baermann   MetBul Link

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8.2 kg.   Iron, IAB-MG

TKW 50 metric tons. Fall not observed. Found 1576, Argentina.

From Wikipedia:
The Campo del Cielo refers to a group of iron meteorites or to the area where they were found situated on the border between the provinces of Chaco and Santiago del Estero, 1,000 kilometers (620 mi) northwest of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The crater field covers an area of 320 kilometers and contains at least 26 craters, the largest being 11591 meters. The craters' age is estimated as 4,0005,000 years. The craters, containing iron masses, were reported in 1576, but were already well known to the aboriginal inhabitants of the area. The craters and the area around contain numerous fragments of an iron meteorite. The total weight of the pieces so far recovered exceeds 100 tonnes, making the meteorite the heaviest one ever recovered on Earth. The largest fragment, consisting of 37 tonnes, is the second heaviest single-piece meteorite recovered on Earth, after the Hoba meteorite.


Matthias writes:
Uncleaned individual with bronze-colored patina. Flight oriented shield with the form of a spearhead, numerous deep regmaglypts and melting lip.
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Found at the arrow (green or red) on the map below


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 3/15/2020 6:09:19 PM
Thank you, Gentlemen, thank you so much.
Svend Buhl
 3/15/2020 3:02:46 PM
Excellent specimen, one out of thousand with sculpting like this!
Andi koppelt
 3/15/2020 2:51:02 PM
Paladino vincenzino
 3/15/2020 1:02:29 PM
Fantastico thanks too much
Tomasz Jakubowski
 3/15/2020 10:47:23 AM
Awesome CdC
Mendy M Ouzillou
 3/15/2020 7:41:43 AM
Matthias, this Campo is really special and very distinctive. Congratulations on having such a great specimen in your collection.
Alex Seidel
 3/15/2020 7:40:08 AM
Quite a chunk, Matthias! Very nice patina and overall appearance both in shape and surface characteristics!
Keith Hicks
 3/15/2020 7:19:11 AM
Nice and very distinctive example of a Campo Matthias. It reminds me somewhat of a paleolithic hand tool.

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