World’s Second Biggest Meteorite has been found in Argentina

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The 30.800-kilogram meteorite is unearthed in Argentina, and experts declared it to be one of the largest meteorites that has ever been found on Earth.

The discovery, made the border of the Chaco, the 1,078 km (670 miles) northwest of Buenos Aires, attributed to a meteor shower that hit the region more than 4,000 years. 

Measuring more than 30 tons, are finding it controversially named the second largest meteorite on Earth, but until further tests are completed, it is premature to give away the title just yet.

The undisputed king of country-based meteorites 66-ton whopper called Hoba, in Namibia excavated nearly a century ago. 

While Hoba meteorite is fully discovered its resting place in the Otjozondjupa Region of Namibia, due to its size, it is never removed.

It is thought to hit the Earth some 80,000 years ago, and its age is estimated to be between 190 million and 410 million years ago. 

Rival candidate for second place is El Chaco – a 37-ton meteorite discovered in Argentina the same field as this new find. 

Now experts will need to perform additional weigh-plugs to see if this new Argentine meteorite, called Gancedo, can not beat it and providing title below Hoba.

“While we hoped that the weight above what they were registered, we expect it to exceed 30 tons,” Mario Vesconi, president of the Astronomy Association of Chaco, told Xinhua news agency over the weekend. 

“The weight and size surprised us.”

The meteorite was discovered in del Campo Cielo (which means “Field of Heaven”), an area on the border between the provinces of Chaco and Parque del Estero. 

This surreal place is blistered with meteorite craters – at least 26 covers an area only 3 km from 19.2 km (1.8 x 11.9 miles), the largest measuring 115 by 91 meters (377 x 298 feet), thought to been hit with a powerful meteor shower between 4,200 and 4,700 years.

About 100 tons of space debris were excavated from the site so far. 

New Gancedo meteorite will now undergo a number of tests, first to verify its weight, and secondly, to confirm its status as a real meteorite. 

“We can compare the weight and other major meteorite found in the province.

Although we expect it to be tougher, we expect it to exceed 30 tons,” said Vesconi Argentine government news service, Télam.

“Unlike want added confidence to double-check the initial readings we took the fact that the weight is such a surprise to us makes us want to re-calibrate.”


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