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Proof of impact

Proof of impact

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    • Shocked, melted and pulverized rocks helped prove that meteorite impacts can make craters.

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  • For Educators

    • Topic: Earth Science

      Subtopic: Meteorites

      Keywords: Meteorites, Impact, Asteroids--Collisions with Earth, Comets--Collisions with Earth, Meteor Crater (Ariz.), Astrogeology, Meteorite craters, Collisions (Astrophysics)

      Audience: General

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Some of the Kaibab limestone that melted during the Meteor Crater impact mixed with solid rock and bits of meteorite. 

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Metallic spherules

More than 80 percent of the Canyon Diablo meteorite that formed Meteor Crater vaporized into a hot mushroom cloud of meteoritic metal, which later condensed to form these spherical bits of iron.

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Canyon Diablo (AMNH 9)

Many of the thousands of Canyon Diablo fragments found at Meteor Crater have been heavily weathered.

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