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Part of Hall of Meteorites.

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Round versus angular crystals

Most pallasites, including Springwater, have rounded olivine crystals. But in Huckitta, the olivine crystals are much more angular. Both mixtures originated when molten iron was forced between olivine crystals in a partially melted asteroid. The rounded crystals formed when angular crystals partially melted and recrystallized — perhaps because they were deeper inside and thus took longer to cool.

Collection Information


Found 1924 Northern Territory, Australia


AMNH 3971

For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Meteorites

Keywords: Meteorites, Astrophysics, Olivine, Astrogeology, Asteroids, Crystals

Audience: General