Meteorites - the meteorites are these type. They make up so...

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Meteorites About 10% to 12% of the stones are from the crust of differentiated parent objects. Therefore, they are younger (only 4.4 billion years old). The lighter-colored stones are chips from the S-type of asteroids. Stoney-Irons: only 1% of the meteorites are of this type. They have a variable mixture of metal (iron and nickel) and rock (silicates) and have densities ranging from 4 to 6 times that of water. They come from a differentiated object at the boundary between the metal core and the rock crust. They are 4.4 billion years old. Irons: although they make up about 40% of the meteorites found worldwide, only 2 to 3% of
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Unformatted text preview: the meteorites are these type. They make up so many of the ones found because they are easily distinguished from Earth rocks. They are noticeably denser than Earth rocks, they have a density around 7 times that of water. They come from the core of a differentiated body and are made of iron and nickel. They are 4.4 billion years old. Irons sometimes have large, coarse-grained crystalline patterns (``Widmanstatten patterns'') that is evidence that they cooled slowly ....
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This note was uploaded on 12/15/2011 for the course AST AST1002 taught by Professor Emilyhoward during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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