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Chondrite Thin Section

Chondrites are perhaps the most interesting of all asteroid fragments.

They constitute more than 80 percent of the meteorites observed to fall to Earth and derive their name from the chondrules virtually all of them contain. Chondrules are tiny beads of melted material, often smaller than a rice grain, that actually formed before asteroids took shape early in our solar system’s history.

Chondrite thin sections examined under a microscope are beautiful to behold – they’re not unlike some of the paintings by Wassily Kandinsky and other abstract artists. Seeing them close up is like discovering a striking new galaxy. — Image: Mila Zinkova

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