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The second largest meteorite on record was extracted from the ground at the Campo del Cielo in Argentina, on the weekend of September 10-11.

Second largest meteorite on record found in Argentina

Leeanna McLean
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 6:28 PM - An excavating team has found what is believed to be the second largest meteorite on record.

The 30-ton rock was dug up Saturday near Gancedo in an area known as Campo del Cielo, meaning "Field of Heaven." According to local reports, the meteorite was named Gancedo in honour of the village as officials provided heavy machinery to the team. 

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Campo del Cielo is well-known for being full of iron meteorites estimated to have fallen 4,000 years ago.

To confirm the size, the Astronomy Association of Chaco has plans to rebalance their scale and conduct a second weigh-in of Gancedo. The width and height of the meteorite remains unknown.

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Te mostramos como fue la extración del nuevo meteorito encontrado en Campo del Cielo que pesa acerca de 30 toneladas y llevo casi dos días de trabajo.El ministro Juan José Bergia, acompañó al intendente de Gancedo Korovaichuk, junto al vocal de Viviendas Mirko Nicolich en este hermoso acontecimiento que vive el pueblo que es hallar un meteorito de esta magnitud que es un orgullo para el Chaco chaqueño y es un hecho internacional.#ChacoInternacional

Posted by Ministerio de Gobierno, Justicia y Relación con la Comunidad on Sunday, 11 September 2016

The largest meteorite ever recorded sits in southern Africa. The Hoba was discovered in Namibia and is estimated to weigh more than 132,000 pounds (66 tons).

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