Regmaglypt

regmaglypt

[′reg·mə‚glipt]
(geology)
Any of various small, well-defined, characteristic indentations or pits on the surface of meteorites, frequently resembling the imprints of fingertips in soft clay. Also known as pezograph; piezoglypt.

Regmaglypt

 

a characteristic depression on the surface of meteorites, formed as a result of the “drilling” effect of the earth’s atmosphere on meteorites traveling through the atmosphere at extremely high velocities. The depressions resemble the impressions of fingers in soft clay. (SeeMETEORITE.)

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They also have regmaglypts (reg-ma-glypts)--thumb-print indentations on their exterior surface caused by a meteorite's rapid entry through the atmosphere.
Have students make thumbprints to represent regmaglypts, which are caused by the burning entry through Earth's atmosphere.