Pallasite, MG (main-group)
low-Δ17O subgroup (see details on the Imilac page)
42° 54' S., 71° 20' W.
A 1,500 kg pallasite meteorite was found embedded in the ground by Argentine ranchers while excavating for a stock tank. Esquel contains gem quality peridot crystals within the FeNi-metal matrix and is considered to be one of the most beautiful meteorites known. Formation scenarios and classification schemes for the main-group pallasites can be found on the Imilac page. The specimen of Esquel shown above has been fashioned into a cabochon ready for mounting.