Glossary of meteoritics

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This is a glossary of terms used in Meteoritics, the science of meteorites.

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  • Dar al Gani
  • 'Desert glass' - natural glass found in deserts formed from the silica in sand as a result of lightning strikes or meteor impacts.
  • Differentiated - a meteorite that has undergone igneous differentiation. (See: achondrite)
  • Differentiation - usually the process of a planetesimal forming an iron core and silicate mantle.
  • Duo - a grouping of two meteorites that share similar characteristics (see Grouplet).

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  • Fall - a meteorite that was seen while it fell to Earth and found.
  • Find - a meteorite that was found without seeing it fall.
  • Fragment - a part of a meteorite that broke during passage through the atmosphere.
  • Fragmentation - the process in which a meteorite breaks while falling through the atmosphere.
  • Fusion crust - a coating on meteorites that forms during their passage through the atmosphere.

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  • Impact breccia - rock composed of fragments of terrestrial, extraterrestrial or mixed origin fused by the energy of impact
  • Impactite - informal term for a terrestrial rock resulting from the shocking impact of a meteor.
  • Iron-nickel alloy - an alternative expression for meteoric iron.
  • Iron meteorite - a meteorite that is mainly composed of meteoric iron.

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  • O - usually refers to ordinary chondrite
  • Observed fall - a meteorite that was seen when it fell to Earth.
  • Octahedrite
  • Ordinary chondrite - a chondrite meteorite, where 'ordinary' means that it is the most common found
  • Oriented - ?, eg Photo: An oriented specimen of the <name> meteorite.

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Regmaglypts on Sikhote Alin

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  • YA - abbreviation for Yamato Mountains.
  • Yamato Mountains - a group of mountains in Antarctica where many meteorites are found.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e M. K. Weisberg; T. J. McCoy, A. N. Krot (2006). "Systematics and Evaluation of Meteorite Classification". In D. S. Lauretta, H. Y. McSween, Jr. Meteorites and the early solar system II. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. pp. 19–52. ISBN 978-0816525621. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Agee, C. B.; N.V. Wilson, F.M. McCubbin, Z.D. Sharp, K. Ziegler (2012). "Basaltic Breccia NWA 7034: New ungrouped planetary Achondrite". 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Goldstein, J. I.; Michael, J. R. (1 April 2006). "The formation of plessite in meteoritic metal". Meteoritics & Planetary Science 41 (4): 553–570. doi:10.1111/j.1945-5100.2006.tb00482.x. 
  4. ^ "regmaglypts". METEORITE OR METEORWRONG?. Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Weston Meteorite (Yale Peabody Museum)".