- Meteorite Type: Iron, IAB
- Weight: 1,129.9 grams
- Approximate Measurements: 87 mm x 78 mm x 65 mm
- Additional Information: First discovered 1576, in Argentina
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Meteorites that land upon the Earth’s surface without shattering into shard-like fragments (known as shrapnel) are described as complete individuals and are often regarded by collectors as being more desirable. Individuals can frequently be recognized by undulating surface indentations caused by ablation in Earth’s atmosphere and known scientifically as regmaglypts (or “thumbprints”). Occasionally, softer internal inclusions, such as graphite, may melt out of a meteorite during flight, forming a natural hole. Such features are extremely rare, and are probably seen in less than 1 in 1,000 meteorite specimens. Once part of the molten core of a long-vanished asteroid the gnarled, naturally-hammered surface of this appealing Campo del Cielo exhibits all of these desirable features.