The Earth's Largest Meteorite ~ Kwentology


What is the largest meteorite fell on Earth? In 1920, a farmer was turning over the soil in the field in Namibia, southwestern Africa, when his plow hit an obstacle. When it was dug up, the large mass of metal turned out to be the largest meteorite ever found. The Hobo (hoe-bah) meteorite, named after the farm where it was discovered, weighs more than 60 tons. It is about 9 feet long, 9 feet wide, and 3 feet thick. It's 84 percent iron and 16 percent nickel, with trace amounts of other metals. Scientists estimated that it fell to Earth around 80,000 years ago.

Image of Largest Meteorite in Earth

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Image of The Second Largest Meteorite in Earth

The Cape York meteorite is the world's second largest, weighing in at 34 tons. It hit Earth some 10,000 years ago, landing in Greenland. Robert Peary, the famous Arctic explorer, discovered the meteorite in 1894. Like Hoba, the Cape York is made up of iron and nickel. Unlike the Hoba, it didn't stay where it landed. Peary hauled the big chunk of metal to New York City. You can see—and touch—it at the American Museum of Natural History.
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