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Cumberland Falls

Part of Hall of Meteorites.

C.2.2.1. Cumberland Falls hero

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The large crystals in Cumberland Falls formed inside a partially molten aubrite asteroid, while the two black clasts, or fragments, come from a chondritic asteroid that never melted. The odd mixture was probably produced when the chondrite collided with the aubrite.

Collection Information


Fell April 9, 1919 Whitley County, Kentucky, USA


AMNH 2222

For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Meteorites

Keywords: Astrophysics, Chondrites (Meteorites), Astrogeology, Asteroids, Crystals

Audience: General