Nantan Chinese Meteorites

Nandan, Guangxi, China

Nantan is now spelled Nandan, Guangxi, China, Meteor shower reported in the records of the Ming Dynasty but were not recognized as meteorites until much later. They were identified in 1958 when China needed a lot of steel to construct "New China". During this period, everyone was told to look for iron ore. Even cooking woks were melted in back yards to produce steel. Some farmers were lucky to find heavy rocks rich with iron in Nantan. Unfortunately, the "iron ores" would not melt. This puzzled the local people, and they reported it to the government. Geologists arrived to study the rocks, which they determined were iron meteorites. Clear molten surfaces. Composition 84.6% Iron, 6-7% Nickel.

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