Road-map to the Indian's Treasure

Road-map to the Indian's Treasure

On the Chilean meteorite Vaca Muerta and its early mistake for silver

Holger Pedersen

Natur, miljø & teknik


312 sider

ISBN: 9788771144406

Forlag: Books on Demand

Udgivelsesdato: 27.07.2012

Sprog: Engelsk

Farve: Ja


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In its type, mesosiderite, the Chilean meteorite Vaca Muerta, is - by a wide margin - the largest ever found. This became clear to the author, when he first visited the fall-area in 1987. The book describes the conditions of find, illustrated by numerous color photographs. It also gives an account of several instances where the meteorite was mistaken for silver. One of these cases appears to involve a member of the local indigenous group, the Changos. The man, Rafael Aracena, revealed his knowledge of a rich silver-mine during a criminal trial raised against him, in 1840 - a trial that led to his conviction for murder, and subsequent execution by gunshot. While initial searches for his silver-ore were futile, it can be argued, that what he had found was indeed treasure, albeit of another kind: meteorites from cosmos.
Holger Pedersen

Holger Pedersen

The author (b. 1946) is an astrophysicist, graduated from Aarhus University, Denmark. His employment history includes Alma Mater, European Southern Observatory, Lund University, and Copenhagen University. He is the author of well over one hundred publications in refereed journals, on topics ranging from X-ray and gamma-ray bursts in deep space, to meteorites from the solar system.

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