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Portales Valley

Part of Hall of Meteorites.

B.7.2.2. Portales Valley. The heat of impact hero

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The heat of impact

The parent body of Portales Valley was hit at least twice by other planetesimals. The first impact caused the metal present in the matrix to melt. A second impact caused the molten metal to flow through veins in the shattered rock, creating the pattern seen here.

Collection Information


Fell June 13, 1998

Roosevelt County, New Mexico, USA


AMNH 5001

For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Meteorites

Keywords: Meteorites, Astrophysics, Astronomy, Astrogeology

Audience: General