Approximate find location of the 10.45 kg Correia masses. This is a flood plane at the southern tip of the Mirim Lagoon which can be seen in the background. Picture was taken viewing north. Image courtesy of Monzon Pereia.
Roberto Maciel was convinced that the 34 kg rock he had just discovered wass a meteorite. To him the piece of rock could only have been deposited there by the 1997 fireball. Maciel continued his search the following days and weeks, now with the goal of finding more meteorites instead of arrowheads. And his efforts were rewarded with success. He found two more masses, 4340 gm and 1570 gm respectively.
At first the news of Maciel’s discoveries did not arouse much interest in the rural community. But then the word reached Josemaria Monzon Pereira, the curator of the local Museum, he was instantly thrilled. Pereira immediately grabbed the phone and contacted Maciel, a meeting was soon scheduled. And Pereia did not only succeed in acquiring the two smaller masses for the Museo Municipal Cel. Tancredo F. de Mello Brazil, he also conducted the first documentation of the find location and circumstances.
It is because of Pereia that both masses are preserved intact until now. Together with a small selection of other South American meteorites they are accessible to the public in the exhibition of the Museo Municipal Tancredo F. in Santa Vitoria do Palmar.
Cut surface of the Santa Vitoria do Palmar meteorite showing a dense array of chondrules