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Part of Hall of Meteorites.

C.5.2.6. Willamette (AMNH 234). Broken Crystals B hero.jpg

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Broken Crystals

Willamette once had a Widmanstätten structure similar to the one in Owens Valley (above). However, its crystals were reheated and recrystallized into new shapes. In this case, the heat came from collisions with asteroids in space. Other iron meteorites, however, were partially recrystallized on Earth when people used them as anvils.

Collection Information


Found 1902 Clackamas County, Oregon, USA


AMNH 2234

For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Meteorites

Keywords: Astrophysics, Iron-nickel alloys, Mineralogy, Astrogeology, Crystals, Meteorites, Iron

Audience: General