Cape York Meteorite

Cape York Meteorite Quick Facts

  • Name: Cape York
  • Year Discovered: 1818
  • Approximate Recovery Location: Avannaata Greenland
  • Precise Recovery Location: (76.13333, -64.93333)
  • Mass: 58200000 grams
  • Classification: Iron, IIIAB
  • Discovery Type: Found
  • Condition: Valid

More Details About the Cape York Meteorite

The Cape York meteorite was discovered in 1818. It was recovered in Avannaata Greenland (76.13333, -64.93333). It has a mass of 58200000 grams.

Cape York is considered a “Valid” meteorite. “Valid” meteorites are typical meteorites with average weathering, while “relict” meteorites are those that have been extremely altered, either due to weathering over time or human intervention.

Cape York’s official classification is Iron, IIIAB. The classification “Iron, IIIAB” refers to an iron meteorite that belongs to the chemical group IIIAB. These meteorites are primarily composed of iron and nickel and formed from a molten state.

The Cape York meteorite is a “Found” meteorite. Meteorites are classified as “falls” if they were observed falling and recovered, while “finds” are those discovered later, often weathered by longer exposure to Earth’s environment and without a record of being seen as they fell.

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Last Updated: 1/10/24

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