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Giant 30-tonne meteorite uncovered in Argentina

Scientists have uncovered a giant meteorite — one of the largest ever found on Earth — in Argentina over the weekend, local media reported.

Meteorite named Gancedo could be third-largest ever found

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Scientists have uncovered a giant meteorite — one of the largest ever found on Earth — in Argentina over the weekend, local media reported.

The meteorite has been named Gancedo, and was found in Campo del Cielo (Field of Heaven) on the border between Chaco and Santiago del Estero.

The area, which is full of meteorite craters, is located about 1,078 km northwest of the Buenos Aires. Gancedo is thought to have hit the region more than than 4,000 years ago.

Weighing 30 tonnes, it could be the third largest ever found on Earth but this will not be confirmed until further tests and weigh-ins are carried out.

A 66-tonne meteorite called Hoba, found nearly a century ago in Namibia, is the world's largest intact meteorite, which hit earth some 80,000 years ago.

Another 37-tonne meteorite called El Chaco was found in the same spot as the new find.