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A.8.1. Modoc. Wrapped in black glass hero

Modoc (AMNH 604)

Modoc (AMNH 604)

  • Exhibition Text

    • Wrapped in black glass

      Rocks floating through the vacuum of space are chilled to well below freezing. When a meteorite passes through Earth's atmosphere, its inside stays cold even as its surface melts away. Before it hits the ground, the molten surface solidifies into a thin glassy coating, called fusion crust. Crystals of magnetite—an iron-oxide mineral—color the fusion crust black. The broken surface of Modoc shows contrast between its lighter-colored interior and its dark fusion crust.

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  • Collection Information

    • MODOC

      Fell September 2, 1905

      Scott County, Kansas, USA

      L6

      AMNH 604

  • For Educators

    • Topic: Earth Science

      Subtopic: Meteorites

      Keywords: Astrogeology, Astrophysics, Atmosphere, Meteorites, Meteors

      Audience: General

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