• Exhibition Text

    • Crystals too small to see

      Tinnie is an ataxite, meaning it has a very fine-grained crystal pattern. It cooled so quickly that the only crystals it contains are microscopic, as in ordinary steel. This mineral structure is more flexible and less breakable than iron with large crystals in it.

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  • Collection Information

    • TINNIE

      Found 1978 Lincoln County, New Mexico, USA


      AMNH 4988

  • For Educators

    • Topic: Earth Science

      Subtopic: Meteorites

      Keywords: Astrophysics, Mineralogy, Astrogeology, Crystals, Meteorites, Iron

      Audience: General