The Meteorite Collection – Københavns Universitet

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The Meteorite Collection

The oldest specimens in the Geological Museum's meteorite collection originate from the collections of the Crown Prince, the later King Chr. VIII, who acquired them during the first half of the 19th century. The collection contains the main masses of the four Danish meteorites Mern, Aarhus, Jerslev and Felsted as well as several of the large iron meteorites from the Cape York swarm from Thule in Greenland.

The most remarkable specimens are the iron meteorites Agpalilik, originally of approx. 20 tons, and Savik 1, originally around 3 tons, both from the Cape York area. The sawn through and etched iron slice of Agpalilik, which is seen in the exhibitions, is the largest of its kind and a unique exhibition specimen in an international perspective. From areas outside Denmark and Greenland the collection contains among others extensive material from the mesosiderite Vaca Muerta from Chile.

The meteorite collection is constantly increasing through donations, purchase and exchange and now holds around 500 different meteorites.

To the left is seen the pallasite Imilac.

     

esquel  The pallasite Esquel, found in Argentina in 1951

 


Slice of Agpalilik as it can be seen in the museum's new exhibition about the Solar System - the largest part of the meteorite can be seen in the museum yard. The meteorite is the third largest in the world and weighed approx. 20 tons when it was found.
(Foto: A.K. Brantsen).

     
   

Curator:

Henning Haack