Cape York Historic Meteorite Jewelry 18k Gold
Location found: Cape York, Greenland, in 1894. The Cape York meteorite is named for Cape York, the location of its discovery in Savissivik, Greenland, and is one of the largest iron meteorites in the world. The Cape York meteorites collided with Earth nearly 10,000 years ago. The first stories of their existence reached scientific circles in 1818. It took six expeditions between the years 1818 and 1894 to find the source of the iron. It was finally located in 1894 by Robert E. Peary, the famous American Navy Arctic explorer.
The iron masses were known to Inuit as Ahnighito (the Tent), weighing 31 metric tons; the Woman, weighing 3 metric tons; and the Dog, weighing 400 kg. For centuries, Inuit living near the meteorites used them as a source of metal for tools and harpoons.With the help of a local Inuit guide - it took Peary three years to arrange and carry out the loading of the heavy iron meteorites onto ships. In fact it required the building of Greenland's only (small and short) railroad. Peary took the meteorites from the Inuit and gave them nothing in return. He sold the pieces for $40,000 to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City where they are still on display.
Type: Structural: Medium Octahedrite (Om), Chemical: Group IIIA
Size: 1 3/4" L X 1 1/2" W X 1/4" D, Weight: 12 grams
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