Visitors are able to see and touch this 15.5 ton (14.1 metric ton) remnant of the ancient cosmos -- the largest meteorite ever found in the U.S.
The Willamette Valley (/ w ᵻ ˈ l æ m ᵻ t /) is a 150-mile (240 km) long valley in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.The Willamette River flows the entire length of the valley, and it is surrounded by mountains on three sides - the Cascade Range to the east, the Oregon Coast Range to the west, and the Calapooya Mountains to the south. The Willamette Meteorite weighs about 32,000 pounds (15,000 kg). The Willamette Meteorite featured above, is one of the treasures of the American Museum of Natural History’s permanent collection. Although known to American Indians, its modern discovery was made by settler Ellis Hughes, a Welsh coal miner, in 1902. The Willamette Meteorite, officially named Willamette and originally known as Tomanowos by the Clackamas Chinooks native american tribe is an iron-nickel meteorite found in the U.S. state of Oregon. Willamette Meteorite The Willamette Meteorite is an iron-nickel meteorite and the most massive meteorite found in North America and the sixth-largest in the world.
Scientists believe the meteor landed elsewhere and was transported during a glacial period at the end of the last Ice Age, 13,000 […] It is classified as a type III iron meteorite, being composed of over 91% iron and 7.62% nickel, with traces of … It is the largest meteorite found in … The Willamette meteorite was found in 1902 in the town of Willamette, Oregon and is classified as a type IIIAB medium octahedrite iron meteorite.
The meteorite landed in what is now Canada or northwest United States, and was transported by glacial/flood deposits during the Missoula Ice Age Floods to where it was found near the Falls of the Willamette River. It is classified as a type III iron meteorite, being composed of over 91% iron and 7.62% nickel, with traces of cobalt and phosphorus.The approximate dimensions of the meteorite are 10 feet (3 m) tall by … Quick Description: The 15.5 ton, iron-nickel Willamette Meteorite, discovered in the state of Oregon, is the largest meteorite found in the United States. There was no impact crater at the discovery site. Subsequently, Fleischer, Price, and Walker (1965) sought to demonstrate that 98–99% of the fossil tracks in two minerals from two other meteorites were due to 244 Pu fission.
This incredible space rock weights 15.5 tons or 32,000 pounds, making this meteorite the largest found in the United States and the sixth largest meteorite in the world.