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meteor that survives the intense heat of atmospheric friction and reaches the earth's surface. Because of the destructive effects of this friction, only the very largest meteors become meteorites.
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any of the stony-iron class of meteorites, according to modern classification. Previously, mesosiderites, a special class of stony-iron meteorites, were called siderolites.
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