• Exhibition Text

    • Meteorite drippings

      Some meteorites, such as Stannern, have tiny bumpy lines—called flow lines—running down their sides, like wax drippings on a candle. Flow lines form on meteorites that hold a fairly stable orientation as they pass through the atmosphere. Air pressure melts the surface and pushes the droplets backward. As the rock cools, the last flowing drips freeze into flow lines.

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  • Collection Information


      Fell May 22, 1808

      Iglau, Jihomoravsky Region, Moravia, Czech Republic


      AMNH 554

  • For Educators

    • Topic: Earth Science

      Subtopic: Meteorites

      Keywords: Meteorites, Astrophysics, Astrogeology, Meteors

      Audience: General