Namibia 2007 (part XIV): Hoba Meteorite

Matt Travels

Hoba Meteorite, Namibia:

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After we had spent six days in the wildlife paradise of the Etosha National Park, our holiday was almost over and we slowly returned to Windhoek to catch our flight.

On the way to Windhoek, we passed several significant spots. Tsumeb is a small, seemingly unremarkable town close to the Etosha National Park, but has a long and very important mining history. Throughout the 20th century, the mine produced more than 30 million tons of ore, especially copper, lead, and zinc. In addition, a large number of new minerals were first discovered here.

Just a couple of kilometres further down the road and close to Grootfontein lies the Hoba Meteorite. With a weight of more than 60 tons, it is the largest known meteorite as well as the largest naturally occurring piece of iron on the earth’s surface. It hit…

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