The Nantan meteorite shower was the largest ever to occur in Asia, ca. 1516, in Guangxi Province, China. Asteroid pieces were scattered in an area over 17 miles long and 5 miles wide near the city of Nantan. In 1958, a nationwide search for iron ore in China resulted in the collection of these rocks which could not be smelted. Geologists were called in and confirmed they were meteorites composed of 93% iron and 7% nickel. This fragment is a bit larger than a grapefruit and part of the Woodman’s 2000-item mineral collection. It was donated by a private collector.
Location: Mineral Gallery 1