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A.8.4. Glorieta mountain. Fingerprints of the atmosphere hero

Glorieta mountain

Glorieta mountain

  • Exhibition Text

    • 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.

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  • Collection Information


      Found 1884

      Canoncito, Sante Fe County, New Mexico, USA


      AMNH 680

  • For Educators

    • Topic: Earth Science

      Subtopic: Meteorites

      Keywords: Meteorites, Astrophysics, Astrogeology, Meteors

      Audience: General

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