Zagami - ROM2008_10165_20

ROM2008_10165_20

Zagami

Place Collected
(Object)
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Africa, Nigeria, Katsina Province, Zagami, 11°44'N, 7°5'E
Dimensions:
Weight: 37.8 g; 6 x 3.5 x 1 cm
Object number: ROMESM46069
Credit Line: Funded by the ROM Reproductions Fund of the ROM Foundation; accessioned in 1994
On view
Gallery Location:Teck Suite of Galleries: Earth's Treasures
DescriptionSoon after the Zagami meteorite fell in 1962, scientific analysis showed it to have an unusual composition, quite different from most other meteorites. The majority of meteorites probably originated from the Asteroid belt. However, the composition of the Zagami indicates the most likely of known sources for this meteorite was the surface of Mars. Apparently a meteoritic impact on Mars was powerful enough to launch fragments of the Martian crust into space, some of which eventually reached the Earth and survived the fall. As of 2001, only 18 such meteorites are known to exist.
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