Allende (AMNH 4880)

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    • A treasure trove of CAIs

      This fragment of Allende contains two kinds of calcium-aluminum inclusions (CAIs): round and irregularly shaped. Round CAIs melted and resolidified at some point in their history. Irregularly shaped CAIs, however, never melted: they crystallized directly from the gas of the early solar nebula. The two tons of Allende recovered for study provided scientists with more and larger CAIs than all previously known meteorites combined.

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  • Collection Information


      Fell February 8, 1969

      Chihuahua, Mexico                                                                                     


      AMNH 4880

  • For Educators

    • Topic: Earth Science

      Subtopic: Meteorites

      Keywords: Astrophysics, Chondrites (Meteorites), Astrogeology

      Audience: General