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The largest meteorites found are usually irons. This is due to the fact that iron meteorites are more stable compared to stony, or stony-iron meteorites. The latter two types of meteorites often break up into many pieces upon entering the atmosphere, creating the most impressive phenomenon known as a meteorite shower. Moreover, they suffer from the effects of ablation much more than irons during their passage through the atmosphere. Finally, large iron blocks seem to be much more resistant to the severe effects of terrestrial weathering.  

Meteorite Charts

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The World's Largest Meteorites

The following lists show the top charts of the largest meteorites - the real giants of the basic types of meteorites. Please note that these lists don't display the total known weight of each distinct fall, but rather the weights of the largest individuals that have been recovered from each fall.

Iron Meteorites

Meteorite

Country

Found

Class Weight in t
Hoba Namibia 1920 IVB 60.00
Campo del Cielo (El Chaco) Argentina 1969 IAB 37.00
Cape York (Ahnighito) Greenland 1894 IIIAB 30.87
Armanty China 1898 IIIE 28.00
Bacubirito Mexico 1863 UNG 22.00
Cape York (Agpalilik) Greenland 1963 IIIAB 20.10
Mbosi Tanzania 1930 UNG 16.00
Campo del Cielo (Cassidy) Argentina 2005 IAB 14.85
Willamette USA 1902 IIIAB 14.14
Chupaderos I Mexico 1852 IIIAB 14.11
Mundrabilla I Australia 1966 IAB 12.40
Morito Mexico 1600 IIIAB 10.10

Stony-Iron Meteorites

Meteorite

Country

Found

Class Weight in t
Seymchan Russia 2007 Pallasite 2.70
Huckitta Australia 1937 Pallasite 1.41
Fukang China 2000 Pallasite 1.00
Esquel Argentina 1951 Pallasite 0.75
Krasnojarsk Russia 1749 Pallasite 0.70
Brenham USA 2005 Pallasite 0.65

Stony Meteorites

Meteorite

Country

Fell

Class Weight in t
Jilin China 1976 H5 Chondrite 1.77
Norton County USA 1948 Aubrite 1.07
Long Island USA 1891 L6 Chondrite (broken) 0.56
Paragould USA 1930 LL5 Chondrite 0.37
Bjurböle Finland 1899 L/LL4 Chondrite (broken) 0.33

For further reference and some great photos of the individual masses of the largest irons, see a more detailed list of the largest meteorites, compiled by Mike Jensen. >> continue >>

   
Hoba - The World's Largest Meteorite

Hoba: The Largest Iron Meteorite
at its Find Location in Namibia

© Gábor Ámon


The Giant Mbosi Meteorite

Mbosi: Another Giant Iron Meteorite
at its Find Location in Tanzania

© The Strřmming Family


The New Main Mass of Seymchan

Seymchan: The New Pallasite
Main Mass at the St. Marie Show

© Hanno Strufe


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