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In the meteorite classification, Imilac belongs to a small group called pallasites. They are intermediate meteorites between stony and iron meteorites. The metal does not constitute a conjoined and uninterrupted structure here, but it occurs in the form of larger and smaller fragments of meteorite iron fused with a mass of silicate minerals, mainly olivines.

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In the meteorite classification, Imilac belongs to a small group called pallasites. They are intermediate meteorites between stony and iron meteorites. The metal does not constitute a conjoined and uninterrupted structure here, but it occurs in the form of larger and smaller fragments of meteorite iron fused with a mass of silicate minerals, mainly olivines.
The presented specimen of and Imilac meteorite, weighing 22.6 kg, is one of many found by Ignacy Domeyko in 1882 in northern Chile in the Atacama Desert.
The meteorite has been preserved in very good condition, thanks to the climatic conditions in the Atacama Desert – the driest place in the world.
The meteorite was initially confused with silver ore. Ignacy Domeyko (1802–1889) – a Polish mineralogist and geologist active in Chile, was the first to examine and name it.
The meteorite came to Kraków in 1884 and was donated in person by Ignacy Domeyko during his visit to the library and offices of the Kraków Academy of Learning. Ignacy Domeyko recorded this event in volume V of his diaries, which were published in Wrocław in 1962–1963.
The original chest in which the specimen was brought to Poland along with the second meteorite Vaca Muerta has also been preserved.

Note: The exhibit is normally stored in the depot. Available occasionally.

Elaborated by the Geological Museum of the Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences, © all rights reserved

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