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Pingualuit Meteorite Crater $1 1oz .999 pure silver coin, blue antique finish, proof.
Fifth coin in series, depicts the Pingualuit crater, an authentic geological beauty. The coin features an authentic fragment of meteorite insert.
The coin features Ultra High Relief, new technology with blue antique finish and mintage is extremely limited to only 666 pcs. worldwide! With box and COA.
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|Face Value :||1 Dollar|
|Metal :||.999 Fine silver|
|Weight :||1 oz|
|Size :||38.61 mm|
|Quality :||Proof antique finish|
|Mintage :||Only 666 pcs. worldwide|
|Series :||Crater Meteorites|
|Certificate of Authenticity :||Yes|
|Original ETUI box/case :||Yes|
The Pingualuit Crater (French: cratère des Pingualuit; Inuit, "pimple"), formerly called Chubb Crater and later New Quebec Crater (cratère du Nouveau-Québec), is a young impact crater, by geological standards, located on the Ungava Peninsula, in the administrative region of Nord-du-Québec, in Quebec, Canada. It is 3.44 km (2.14 mi) in diameter, and is estimated to be 1.4 ± 0.1 million years old (Pleistocene). The crater and the surrounding area are now part of Pingualuit National Park. The only species of fish in the crater lake are arctic char, Salvelinus alpinus.
The crater was formed by a meteorite impact 1.4 Ma, as estimated by 40Ar/39Ar dating of impact melt rocks. An analysis of these rocks also revealed planar deformation features as well as the composition of the meteorite itself. The Ir, Ni, Co and Cr enrichments found in impact melt samples suggest that the meteorite was chondritic in nature.
Largely unknown to the outside world, the lake-filled crater had long been known to local Inuit who knew it as the "Crystal Eye of Nunavik" for its clear water. World War II pilots often used the almost perfectly circular landmark as a navigational tool.
On June 20, 1943, a United States Army Air Force plane on a meteorological flight over the Ungava region of Quebec Province took a photograph that showed the wide crater rim rising up above the landscape. In 1948 the Royal Canadian Air Force covered the same remote area as part of its program of photomapping Canada, however these photographs were not made publicly available until 1950.
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