Fingerprints of the atmosphere
The little fingerprintlike indentations seen on the surfaces of many meteorites, such as Glorieta Mountain, show how the rock melted as it passed through the atmosphere. These impressions, called regmaglypts, were scooped out by the superheated air swirling around the tumbling meteorite.
Canoncito, Sante Fe County, New Mexico, USA
Topic: Earth Science
Keywords: Astrogeology, Astrophysics, Meteorites, Meteors