Glossary term: Iron Meteorite

Description: Iron meteorites are meteorites with an abundant amount of iron and nickel. They are thought to be part of the core of asteroids and are very dense and very heavy. Almost 60% of the meteorites found on Earth are iron meteorites even though they make up only 5% of the meteorites that hit Earth's surface. One of the reasons for this is that they are stronger and do not weather as easily as stony meteorites.

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