Widmanstatten structures

Widmanstatten structures

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Caption: Widmanstatten structures (white) in a meteorite, close-up. These structures are a distinctive pattern of intertwined crystals found in iron-nickel meteorites. They are made visible by cutting the meteorite open, polishing the cut surface and using chemical etching. The structures form from crystal growth during slow cooling inside larger chunks of iron-nickel meteorites. The intertwined crystals are of two different alloys of nickel-iron: kamacite and taenite.

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