Iron from the Sky

In 1894 at Cape York, Greenland early explorers were surprised to discover that local  the people had access to large quantities of iron and yet had no access to ores or facilities to smelt them with.


Inuit harpoon tipped with metal from the Cape York meteorite.

It later became clear that a number of large iron meteorites had fallen in the area and were being used as a natural source of iron. In the cold and harsh environment at Cape York it was difficult to survive, iron for use in tools and weapons helped support their existence and way of life.

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