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Cape York   contributed by Paul Swartz, IMCA 5204   MetBul Link

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197 grams.   Iron, IIIAB

TKW 58.2 metric tons. Fall not observed. Found 1818 in Greenland.

Fell about 10,000 years ago. It first became known to the scientific community in 1818 but the first large piece - the 31 MT Ahnighito (the Tent) - was not located until 1894. Robert E. Peary, the famous American Navy Arctic explorer, led the expedition and enlisted the help of a local Inuit guide. Seven other large pieces have been found since.


Paul writes:
Photo 2 is a detail with the slice rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise from the position in Photo 1 and the incident light at a fairly low angle to bring out some of nuances of the piece.

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Found at the arrow (green or red) on the map below


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Graham Macleod
 5/25/2016 7:26:30 PM
This is a beautiful etched Cape York Paul, The history as mentioned is fantastic and one I wouldn't want to repeat myself:) Hope you get a piece Paul?
Anne Black
 5/23/2016 12:39:41 PM
The story of the discovery of Cape York is also described in the "Handbook of Iron Meteorites" by V. Buchwald. And Buchwald himself went to Greenland, explored the area of the discovery, and found an additional mass with the help of the local people.
Shawn Alan IMCA 1633
 5/23/2016 6:11:10 AM
Great etch and story. I need to get a piece of this iron meteorite for my collection. SA
Michel Franco
 5/23/2016 4:11:52 AM
The full story of the discovery is found in "Northward over the great ice a narrative of life and work along the shores and upon the interior ice-cap of northern Greenland in the years 1886 and 1891-1897 with a description of the little tribe of Smith Sound Eskimos the most northerly human beings in the world and an account of the discovery and bringing home of the Saviksue or great Cape York meteorites" by Robert Peary, published in 1898. Many picts. An ebook is available for few $ or original for a bit more than a hundred.

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