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Campo del Cielo From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Campo del Cielo Campo del Cielo iron meteorite with natural hole, 576 grams Type Iron Group IAB Structural classification Octahedrite Composition 92.9% Fe , 6.7% Ni , 0.4% Co Country Argentina Region Chaco Province and Santiago del Estero Province Coordinates 27°38′S 61°42′W  /  27.633°S 61.7°W  / -27.633; -61.7 Coordinates : 27°38′S 61°42′W  /  27.633°S 61.7°W  / -27.633; -61.7 Observed fall No Fall date 4,000–5,000 years ago Found date <1576 Total Known Weight >100 tonnes

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 3×20 kilometers and contains at least

Contents [hide ] 1 History 2 The meteorite impact, age and composition 3 References 4 External links [ edit ] History

In 1576, the governor of a province in Northern Argentina commissioned the military to search for a huge mass of iron, which he had heard that Indians used for their weapons. The Indians claimed that the mass had fallen from the sky in a place they called Piguem Nonralta which the Spanish translated as Campo del Cielo ("Field of the Sky"). The expedition found a large mass of metal protruding out of the soil. They assumed it was an iron mine and brought back a few samples, which were described as being of unusual purity. The governor documented the expedition and deposited the report in the Archivo General de Indias in Seville , but it was quickly forgotten and later reports on that area merely repeated the Indian legends. Following the legends, in 1774 don Bartolome Francisco de Maguna rediscovered the iron mass which he called el Meson de Fierro ("the Table of Iron"). Maguna thought the mass was the tip of an iron vein. The next expedition, led by Rubin de Celis in 1783, used explosives to clear the ground around the mass and found that it was probably a single stone. Celis estimated its mass as 15 tonnes and abandoned it as worthless. He himself did not believe that the stone had fallen from the sky and assumed that it had formed by a volcanic eruption. However, he sent the samples to the Royal Society of London and published his report in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society .[ 2] Those samples were later analyzed and found to contain 90% iron and 10% nickel and assigned to a meteoritic origin. [3 ]

Campo del Cielo Location of Campo del Cielo craters

Later, many iron pieces were found in the area weighing from a few milligrams to 34 tonnes. A mass of about 1 tonne known as Otumpa was located in 1803. Its 634 kg part was brought in 1813 to Buenos Aires and later donated to the British Museum. Other large fragments are summarized in the table below. The mass called el Taco was originally 3070 kg, but the largest remaining fragment weighs 1998 kg. [4 ]

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