Vaca Muerta meteorite
Vaca Muerta meteorite
Vaca Muerta meteorite
Vaca Muerta meteorite
Vaca Muerta meteorite
Vaca Muerta meteorite


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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Rocks and Minerals ➔ Vaca Muerta meteorite

Identifier:
2020.2.12
Description:
This is a mesosiderite meteorite, the rarest type of stony-iron meteorites.
This meteorite is classified as a petrologic class A and metamorphic grade 1. Nickel only accounts for 8.8% of this meteorite.
Found in 1861 in the Atacama Desert near Taltal, Chile and named after a dry riverbed. The name translates to “dead cow.”
The strewn field was rediscovered in 1985 and an exhaustive four-year search (between Feb. 1987 & Jan. 1991) over an area of 11 x 2 kilometers, recovered more material (over 3400 kilograms) than any other known mesosiderite.
The largest specimen found was 309 kilograms (681 pounds). A crater 10 meters in diameter and almost 2 meters deep has also been attributed to the Vaca Muerta meteorite. Radiocarbon 14 dating estimates this meteorite fell 3500 (+1300) years ago.
This specimen weights 37.8 grams.
Current Location Status:
On Exhibit
Source:
Museum Collection
Rights:

Exhibit/Program
Planetarium ()
Maker/Donor
The Meteorite Market
Related Place
Taltal
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