History, mineralogy, and metallurgy
Author: Habashi, Fathi
Source: Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, Volume 23, Number 1, March 1998 , pp. 71-81(11)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:It took many centuries before it was established that stones and pieces of metal, sometimes a few tons in weight, do fall from the sky. These are now known as meteorites. Metallic meteorites are composed of iron and nickel and show a characteristic crystal structure called Widmanstätten after its discoverer. Some meteorites evaporate during impact and leave a crater of a characteristic shape on the surface of the earth.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Mining and Metallurgy, Laval University, Quebec, Canada
Publication date: 1998-03-01