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Building blocks of the solar

Building blocks of the solar system

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    • In the early solar system, orbiting bodies often collided powerfully—as certain meteorites reveal.

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  • For Educators

    • Topic: Astronomy

      Subtopic: Planets

      Keywords: Astrogeology, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Meteorites, Solar System--Origin

      Audience: General

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B.7.2.1. Allende. Look closely A

Allende (AMNH 4884)

The dark clump in the middle of this fragment of Allende predates the surrounding material.

B.7.2.2. Portales Valley. The heat of impact

Portales Valley

The parent body of Portales Valley was hit at least twice by other planetesimals.

Paragould

Paragould

The force of an impact between planetesimals was often strong enough to pulverize rock.

B.7.2.4. Rose city. Melting meteorites

Rose City

The most forceful collisions in the early solar system contained enough energy to melt portions of the planetesimals.

B.7.2.3. Naryilco. Pulverized rock.jpg

Naryilco

The force of an impact between planetesimals was often strong enough to pulverize rock.

B.7.2.4. Chico. Melting meteorites

Chico

The most forceful collisions in the early solar system contained enough energy to melt portions of the planetesimals. 

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