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Part of Hall of Meteorites.

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An oddball iron

Unlike most iron meteorites, Gladstone probably did not come from the core of a differentiated asteroid. Its unusual iron includes silicate minerals, which in a fully differentiated asteroid would have floated to the mantle and crust. Gladstone may have formed in an unmelted chondrite when an explosive impact melted a pool of lava, and molten iron sank to the bottom and hardened.

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Found 1915 Portcurtis, Queensland, Australia


For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Meteorites

Keywords: Astrophysics, Iron alloys, Chondrites (Meteorites), Astrogeology, Asteroids, Meteorites, Iron

Audience: General