Enormous Nandan or Nantan meteorite

Enormous Nandan or Nantan meteorite

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Credit: THOMAS WIEWANDT/VISUALS UNLIMITED, INC. /SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Enormous Nandan or Nantan meteorite showing surface melting and pits. This is among the world's best specimens, weighing 292 kilograms (644 pounds), with linear height-depth-length measurements of 13 inches x 18 inches x 24 inches. It is approximately 90 percent iron, 7 percent nickel, plus ten or more rare minerals, including kamacite and taenite. The meteorite fall was witnessed in May 1516 during the reign of Chinese Emperor Zhengde. Near towns of Lihu and Yaozhai, the Ladan and Baya area of Nandan County, Hechi Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. Specimen courtesy of The Stone Company.

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