Rocky surfaces

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    • As newly formed planets melt, rocky material rises toward the surface, forming a mantle and crust.

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  • For Educators

    • Topic: Astronomy

      Subtopic: Planets

      Keywords: Astrophysics, Planets--Origin, Rocks, Astrogeology, Planets--Geology

      Audience: General

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Cumberland Falls

Cumberland Falls

The large crystals in Cumberland Falls formed inside a partially molten aubrite asteroid, while the two black clasts, or fragments, come from a chondritic asteroid that never melted.

Peña Blanca Springs

Peña Blanca Springs

The Peña Blanca Springs meteorite belongs to a group, the aubrites, whose chemical composition has led to speculation that they came from the innermost asteroid belt, or possibly even the planet Mercury.

Kenna

Kenna

Kenna, a ureilite, comes from an asteroid that did not completely differentiate. 

Johnstown

Johnstown

The Johnstown meteorite comes from a large asteroid, probably Vesta, that melted and differentiated.