By Russell Miller
A huge slab of rock discovered by a farmer named Jacobus Brits in Hoba West, Namibia, Africa around 1920, was later revealed to be a meteorite. It is flat sided and square in shape, meaning it probably skipped several times on the earth’s atmosphere some 80,000 years ago before making landfall. Scientific sampling and vandalism reduced its original bulk of 66 tons to a slim 60 tons before the area became a national monument in 1955. The meteorite and area around it are now protected and tourists are allowed to visit. The Hoba Meteorite is the largest known meteorite in the world.x
ODDLY ENOUGH – The Hoba Meteorite is also the most massive, naturally occurring piece of iron on the surface of the planet.
Russell Miller is an illustrator, cartoonist, writer, bagpiper, motorcycle enthusiast, and former reference librarian. Currently, he illustrates books for Cody Lundin and Bart King.