Here is a nice part slice of the Cape York meteorite.
The meteorite collided with Earth about 12,000 years ago. The iron masses were known to Inuit as Ahnighito (the Tent), weighing 31 metric tons (31 long tons; 34 short tons); the Woman, weighing 3 metric tons (3.0 long tons; 3.3 short tons); and the Dog, weighing 400 kilograms (880 lb). For centuries, Inuit living near the meteorites used them as a source of metal for tools and harpoons.
The first stories of its existence reached scientific circles in 1818. Five expeditions between 1818 and 1883 failed to find the source of the iron. It was located in 1894 by Robert E. Peary, the famous American Navy Arctic explorer.
In 1963, a fourth major piece of the Cape York meteorite was discovered by Vagn F. Buchwald on Agpalilik peninsula. The Agpalilik meteorite, also known as the Man, weighs about 20 metric tons (20 long tons; 22 short tons), and it is currently on display in the Geological Museum of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
The Cape York asteroid has been suggested to be a part of the asteroid which created the Hiawatha crater which split off prior to impact by the discoverers of the crater.
The meteorite is sold in a nice collection box with a separate label / signed certificate of authenticity.
- Mineral principal / Nombre del meteorito
- Cape York
- Forma mineral / Tipos de meteoritos
- Meteorito de hierro
- 1×0.8×0.2 cm
- 1.533 g
- Origen (región / ciudad)
- Tierra Verde
- Origen (país)