“Campo del Cielo” (meaning “Field of Heaven”) is a field in Argentina which is widely known for its massive craters, caused by the impact of numerous iron meteorites. With an area of 55,5 km2, it is the largest crater field in the world. Scientists assume it to be between 4000-5000 years old. In order to preserve its authenticity, the iron was not melted down, instead, the blanks were cut from the intact fragment.
The Campo del Cielo meteorite is classified as a nickel-iron meteorite. Its age is estimated atroughly 4.5 billion years. Apart from iron and nickel the Campo del Cielo meteorite also contains the metals niobium, cobalt and zirconium. The Campo del Cielo meteorite is highly interesting for scientists because its composition holds important insights into the formation of the solar system.
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