Iron from asteroids

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    • Iron meteorites are shattered fragments of the metal cores of differentiated asteroids.

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    • Topic: Earth Science

      Subtopic: Meteorites

      Keywords: Astrophysics, Iron alloys, Astrogeology, Asteroids, Meteorites, Iron

      Audience: General

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Costilla Peak

Costilla Peak

Though Costilla Peak (above) and Bella Roca (below) landed in different places on Earth, they have nearly identical compositions, indicating that they probably came from the same asteroid.

Bella Roca

Bella Roca

All iron meteorites contain grains or nodules of other minerals.

Cruz del Aire

Cruz del Aire

Iron meteorites are much easier to spot than stony meteorites. 

Gladstone

Gladstone

Unlike most iron meteorites, Gladstone probably did not come from the core of a differentiated asteroid.