Namibia - Grootfontein
|Mineral Form/ Type Meteorite:||Massive|
|Weight (in g):||1.72|
|Origin (Region/ City):||Grootfontein|
|Dimensions (in cm):||-|
The Hoba meteorite lies on the farm "Hoba West", not far from Grootfontein, in the Otjozondjupa Region of Namibia. It has been uncovered but, because of its large mass, has never been moved from where it fell. The main mass is estimated at more than 60 tons, making it the largest known meteorite (as a single piece). It is the most massive naturally occurring piece of iron known on Earth's surface.
The Hoba meteorite impact is thought to have occurred more recently than 80,000 years ago. It is composed of about 84% iron and 16% nickel, with traces of cobalt. It is classified as an ataxite iron meteorite belonging to the nickel-rich chemical class IVB.
The paradox is this meteorite is very hard to found for collectors, the government of South West Africa (now independent Namibia since 1990), declared on March 15, 1955 the Hoba meteorite to be a national monument. In 1985 Rössing Uranium Ltd. made resources and funds available to provide additional protection against vandalism. In 1987 Mr. J. Engelbrecht, the owner of Hoba West farm, donated the meteorite and the site where it lies to the state for educational purposes.
The specimen is a 1.72g fragment.
|Member since:||December 9, 2014|
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