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Part of Hall of Meteorites.

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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.

Collection Information


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