Pallasite, meteorite

Pallasite, meteorite

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Credit: DIRK WIERSMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Pallasites are stone-iron meteorites, which formed following the breakup of protoplanets in the early solar system, or from later catastrophic planetary impacts. Here shown is a detail of the cut and polished surface of the Seym Chan meteorite, provenance Magadan district, Russia, showing the characteristic stone-iron nature of pallasites. The metallic fraction is composed of iron-nickel, the stone fraction of olivine. Actual width is 14 cm

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Keywords: astronomical, astronomy, breakup, catastrophic, close-up, detail, earth science, geological, geology, iron, meteorite, mineral, olivine, pallasite, planetary, polished, protoplanet, section, solar system, stone-iron, stony-iron, surfac

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