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Metallic spherules

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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. Meteorite specialist Harvey Nininger discovered them in 1946 by attaching a magnet to the end of a cane and sweeping it around the crater. Spheres like these help to prove that a given crater formed from an iron meteorite explosion.

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Coconino County, Arizona, USA

AMNH T116-T119

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Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Meteorites

Keywords: Iron, Meteorites, Iron alloys, Meteor Crater (Ariz.), Astrogeology, Meteorite craters, Collisions (Astrophysics)

Audience: General