iron meteorite

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iron meteorite

(iron) One of the main classifications of meteorites, containing nickel-iron alloys with small amounts of accessory minerals. The composition averages 90% iron, 10% nickel. The three main subdivisions are octahedrites, which have more than 6% nickel, the less common hexahedrites, with less than 6% nickel, and the nickel-rich ataxites. See also Widmanstätten figures.

iron meteorite

[′ī·ərn ′mēd·ē·ə‚rīt]
(astronomy)
A type of meteorite that consists mainly of iron and nickel and is several times heavier than any ordinary rock.
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By scanning the beads with beam of neutrons and gamma-rays, the team were able to reveal the unique texture and also high concentration of nickel, cobalt, phosphorous and germanium - which is only found in trace amounts in iron derived from ore - that is characteristics of meteoric iron, without having to attempt invasive analysis which could potentially damage these rare objects.
Compared to gold, silver, and copper, iron is an ugly metal, but the meteoric iron that was found revealed itself to be harder and tougher even than bronze.