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Image: Fragment of meteorite Ahnigito

Fragment of meteorite Ahnigito
Greenland natural history specimen

3 1/4 x 3 1/4 x 3/4 in. (8 x 8 x 2 cm)

Object Type: natural history specimen
Creation Places: North America, Greenland
Medium and Support: metal
Credit Line: Loan courtesy of Maine State Museum
Accession Number: AML.1.3.1974
This is a tiny fragment of the "Tent," or "Ahnigito," meteorite from Cape York, Greenland. Its polished surface shows the structure of the meteoric iron.
In the summers of 1896 and 1897 Robert Peary prepared to bring it back, eventually to be sold to the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Originally it and other meteorites had been an important source of iron for the Inguhuit, but by the 1890s they were using industrial iron and steel.

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