Meteorites are found almost every day, by all sorts of people. From professional geologists to just about anyone who happens to be in the right place at the right time. But which are the biggest of them all? Read on and find out…
The Top 10 Largest Meteorites Found on Planet Earth
10 – Campo del Cielo, Argentina (Estimated Weight in Tonnes: 13)
Campo del Cielo was not just the discovery of this giant meteorite, but of a group of iron meteorites found in that area.
9 – Chupaderos, Mexico (Estimated Weight in Tonnes: 14)
Once again made of iron, this enormous iron mass was discovered in 1966.
8 – Willamette, USA (Estimated Weight in Tonnes: 14.1)
This iron-nickel meteorite was discovered in 1902 and has now been seen by other 50 million people! Meteorites are worth their weight in tourism it seems.
7 – Armanty, Mongolia (Estimated Weight in Tonnes: 20)
The meteorite measures 2.2 metres long and is covered in the names of passing Kazakh herdsmen because they saw it as little more than a waypoint marker!
6 – Agpalilik, Greenland (Estimated Weight in Tonnes: 20.1)
The Agpalilik meteorite (often known as ‘The Man’) weighs about 20 metric tonnes and was found in 1894 by Robert E. Peary, the American Navy Arctic explorer.
5 – Mbozi, Tanzania (Estimated Weight in Tonnes: 26)
The Mbozi meteorite, one of the largest meteorites in the world and weighed an estimated 25 metric tonnes, and was around 3m long. But yet it left no impact crater!
4 – Bacuberito, Mexico (Estimated Weight in Tonnes: 27)
It was the largest meteorite found in Mexico and was found in to be a large, irregularly shaped mass of Fe-Ni metal
3 – Ahnighito, Greenland (Estimated Weight in Tonnes: 30.4)
There is something ironic that the largest iron meteorite in the world landed onto Meteorite Island in Greenland. Just kidding, it was named after it.
2 – Gancedo, Argentina (Estimated Weight in Tonnes: 30.6)
Unearthed in September 2016 this 30.6-tonne pebble is an iron-nickel meteorite that the locals called “Gancedo”.
1 – Hobo West, South Africa (Estimated Weight in Tonnes: 60)
It might not look like the biggest, but at just over 60 tonnes, this is something that could have been deadly if it landed on an urban population these days.