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Cape York meteorite (Cap York; Agpalilik; Ahnighito; Akpohon), Saviksoah Peninsula, Qaasuitsup, Greenland

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Agpalilik fragment of the Cape York meteorite

Cape York meteorite, Saviksoah Peninsula, Qaasuitsup, Greenland
Ahnighito fragment of the Cape York meteorite

Cape York meteorite, Saviksoah Peninsula, Qaasuitsup, Greenland
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 76° 7' 59'' North , 64° 55' 59'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 76.13333,-64.93333
Non-native locality type:Meteorite
Meteorite Class:IIIAB iron meteorite
Meteoritical Society Class: Iron, IIIAB
Metbull:View entry in Meteoritical Bulletin Database
Köppen climate type:ET : Tundra
Name(s) in local language(s):Kap York

Octahedrite, IIIAB.

When European explorers encountered a tribe of Inuits in northwestern Greenland in 1818, they were astounded to find knife blades, harpoon points, and engraving tools made of meteoric iron. The meteorite was (re)discovered by Robert Peary in 1894 at Kap York.

Ahnighito (the Tent), 30,900 kilograms (68,100 lb), 1884-1897, Meteorite Island, 76°04'N - 64°58'W
Woman, 3,000 kilograms (6,600 lb), 1897, Saveruluk, 76°09'N - 64°56'W
Dog, 400 kilograms (880 lb), 1897, Saveruluk, 76°09'N - 64°56'W
Savik I, 3,400 kilograms (7,500 lb),[6] 1913, Savequarfik, 76°08'N - 64°36'W
Thule, 48.6 kilograms (107 lb), summer 1955, Thule, 76°32'N - 67°33'W
Savik II, 7.8 kilograms (17 lb), 1961, Savequarfik, 76°08'N - 64°36'W
Agpalilik (the Man), 20,000 kilograms (44,000 lb), 1963, Agpalilik, 76°09'N - 65°10'W
Tunorput, 250 kilograms (550 lb), 1984
Ahnighito (the Tent).

A 30,900 kg fragment of the Cape York meteorite. It had been used by the Innuit as a source of iron. It was located in 1894 by Robert E. Peary with the help of a local Inuit guide. It took Peary three years to collect the meteorite.

It is now on display at the American Museum of Natural History.

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Bøggild (1927) Meddelelser om Grønland: 74: 11.

Palache, Charles, Harry Berman & Clifford Frondel (1944), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana Yale University 1837-1892, Volume I: Elements, Sulfides, Sulfosalts, Oxides. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York. 7th edition, revised and enlarged, 834 pp.: 125.

Kracher, A., Kurat, G., Buchwald, V.F. (1977) Cape York: The extraordinary mineralogy of an ordinary iron meteorite and its implication for the genesis of III AB irons. Geochemical Journal: 11: 207-217.

Olsen, E., Erlichman, J., Bunch, T.E., Moore, P.B. (1977) Buchwaldite, a new meteoritic phosphate mineral. American Mineralogist: 62: 362-364.
Handbook of Mineralogy

Olsen, E., Erlichman, J., Bunch, T.E., Moore, P.B. (1977) Buchwaldite, a new meteoritic phosphate mineral. American Mineralogist: 62: 362-364.

External Links - Bjergning af en af verdens største jernmeteoritter, Agpalilik, fundet i Grønland (Retrieval of one of the world's largest iron meteorites Agpalilik, found in Greenland) - YouTube

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