Chondrule


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chondrule

[′kän‚drül]
(geology)
A spherically shaped body consisting chiefly of pyroxene or olivine minerals embedded in the matrix of certain stony meteorites.

Chondrule

 

a circular formation averaging 0.5–1.0 mm in diameter that is the primary structural element of meteorites—chondrites (see). Three principal types are distinguished on the basis of texture: exocentric fan, grated, and porphyritic. Chondrules are rapidly cooled drops of molten silicate matter.

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