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Meteorites; an overview

Edward R. D. Scott
Meteorites; an overview
Elements (February 2011) 7 (1): 47-48


Meteorites come from numerous parent bodies with a wide variety of geological histories. A few ( approximately 0.5%) come from Mars or the Moon; the rest are impact debris from collisions between asteroids orbiting between Mars and Jupiter. Unlike terrestrial, Martian, and lunar rocks, the asteroidal meteorites contain minerals that formed before the Sun and the Solar System, during the growth of planetesimals and planets from the disk of dust and gas around the Sun ("the solar nebula"), and during the first half-billion years of Solar System evolution.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 7
Serial Issue: 1
Title: Meteorites; an overview
Author(s): Scott, Edward R. D.
Affiliation: University of Hawaii, Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, Honolulu, HI, United States
Pages: 47-48
Published: 201102
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
Accession Number: 2011-028235
Categories: Petrology of meteorites and tektites
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201116
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