Gibeon Meteorite, offcut Iron Meteorite, Gibeon, Namibia
Weight: 8.4 grams
Dimensions: 2cm (0.7”) x 2cm (0.7”)
Perky Display Box Dimension: 3.5cm (1.3”) x 3.5cm (1.3”)
This meteorite was an offcut from a Gibeon meteorite from the famous mineral dealer Karl Sprich. Karl, based in Johannesburg used to create spheres and other shapes from natural meteorites he acquired.
Gibeon meteorites were discovered by the Nama people and used by them to make tools and weapons.
In 1836 the English captain J. E. Alexander collected samples of the meteorite in the vicinity of the Fish River and sent them to London. There John Herschel analyzed them and confirmed for the first time the extraterrestrial nature of the material.
The term Gibeon encompasses the whole meteoritic material fallen from the sky during this fall. This material is classified as an iron meteorite belonging to the chemical group IVA.
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