Meteorites and Craters Found in Chile: A Bridge to Introduce the First Attempt for Geoheritage Legal Protection in the Country

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Abstract

This contribution presents a short historic review of meteorites and impact craters found in Chile, and how they were recently proposed to be protected as geological heritage, helping to introduce for the first time the concepts of geoheritage and geodiversity to a political level in the country. It includes a table with the percentages of the different types of meteorites found in Chile, for a total number of 1064 official meteorites declared to the Meteoritical Bulletin until July 2017.

Keywords

Meteorites Atacama Desert Impact craters Geoheritage 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto Milenio de AstrofísicaPontificia Universidad Católica de Chile PUCSantiago de ChileChile
  2. 2.Servicio Nacional de Geología y MineríaProvidencia, Santiago de ChileChile
  3. 3.Sociedad Geológica de ChileSantiago de ChileChile
  4. 4.Fundación Centro de Estudios de MontañaSantiago de ChileChile

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