Meteorite pendant "Campo del Cieleo"

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Stay in touch with the universe through "Campo del Cielo"

This is a “Messenger from the Universe”, with over 4 billion years ago taking part of the Genesis of our solar system. This classic meteorite pendant “landed” about 4500 years ago on Earth.

This famous meteorite "Campo del Cielo" (Sky Field) comes from the region in northern Argentina.

                                                            Each meteorite pendant is a unique piece! 

   The size and shape varies due to its authentic history.

Each meteorite weights about 6 to 7gram has a nice 925 sterling silver loop, which is about 1 cm long and suitable for a chain up to 5mm in diameter.
This allows the rare sky fragment can be used as jewelry, keys holder or as a charm and for sure... there are certainly many further applications as you decide.


Campo del Cielo

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 26 craters, the largest being 115×91 meters. The craters' age is estimated as 4,000–5,000 years. The craters, containing iron masses, were reported in 1576, but were already well known to the aboriginal inhabitants of the area. The craters and the area around contain numerous fragments of an iron meteorite.
The total weight of the pieces so far recovered exceeds 100 tons, making the meteorite the heaviest one ever recovered on Earth. The largest fragment, consisting of 37 tons, is the second heaviest single-piece meteorite recovered on Earth, after the Hoba meteorite.

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 Natives used for their weapons. The Natives 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 Native 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 tons 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
Those samples were later analyzed and found to contain 90% iron and 10% nickel and assigned to a meteoritic origin.

Location of Campo del Cielo craters
Later, many iron pieces were found in the area weighing from a few milligrams to 34 tons. A mass of about 1 tone known as Otumpa was located in 1803. A 634 kilograms (1,400 lb) portion of this mass was taken to Buenos Aires in 1813 and later donated to the British Museum. Other large fragments are summarized in the table below. The mass called el Taco was originally 3,070 kilograms (6,800 lb), but the largest remaining fragment weighs 1,998 kilograms (4,400 lb).
The largest mass of 37 tons was located in 1969 at a depth of 5 m using a metal detector. This stone, named El Chaco, is the second heaviest single-piece meteorite after the Hoba meteorite (Namibia) which weights 60 tons.
However, the total mass of the Campo del Cielo fragments found so far exceeds 100 tons, making it the heaviest meteorite ever recovered on Earth.
 
The meteorite impact, age and composition
A crater field of at least 26 craters was found in the area, with the largest being 115×91 meters. The field covered an area of 3×19 kilometers with an associated strewn area of smaller meteorites extending farther by about 60 kilometers (37 mi). At least two of the craters contained thousands of small iron pieces. Such an unusual distribution suggests that a large body entered the Earth's atmosphere and broke into pieces which fell to the ground. The size of the main body is estimated as larger than 4 meters in diameter. The fragments contain an unusually high density of inclusions for an iron meteorite, which might have facilitated the disintegration of the original meteorite. Samples of charred wood were taken from beneath the meteorite fragments and analyzed for carbon-14 composition.
The results indicate the date of the fall to be around 4,200–4,700 years ago, or 2,200–2,700 years BC.
The average composition of the Campo del Cielo meteorites is 6.67% Ni, 0.43% Co, 0.25% P, 87 ppm Ga, 407 ppm Ge, and 3.6 ppm Ir, with the rest being iron.
 
Source: Wikipedia