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Glorieta mountain

Part of Hall of Meteorites.

A.8.4. Glorieta mountain. Fingerprints of the atmosphere hero

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Fingerprints of the atmosphere

The little fingerprintlike indentations seen on the surfaces of many meteorites, such as Glorieta Mountain, show how the rock melted as it passed through the atmosphere. These impressions, called regmaglypts, were scooped out by the superheated air swirling around the tumbling meteorite.

Collection Information


Found 1884

Canoncito, Sante Fe County, New Mexico, USA


AMNH 680

For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Meteorites

Keywords: Meteorites, Astrophysics, Astrogeology, Meteors

Audience: General