Campo del Cielo
Type: Coarse IAB, Octahedrite
with silicate inclusions
This great meteorite was first discovered in 1572 by Spanish explorers
in Chaco, Argentina. Thousands of pieces have been found near some impact
craters, the largest weighing an immense 35 TONS! However, these pieces are
from a new and previously unknown extension to the strewnfield and where
discovered at a higher altitude well away from the wet oxidising conditions
of the earlier finds. They are found many miles from the original strewnfield.
They are being recovered on a mountainside, several feet underground. These
come from a location where there is no standing water thus are in great condition.
Campo meteorites recovered from this new area are very stable and retain beautiful
regmaglypts and patches of fusion crust, bearing very little ressemblence
to all of the highly weathered earlier finds.