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stony-iron

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Astronomy

Definition of stony-iron in English:

adjective

(Of a meteorite) containing appreciable quantities of both rock and iron.
Example sentences
  • Chondrites are made primarily of rock and so have a lower density than stony-iron meteorites, which contain some metal.
  • If sliced, the peridioles are exposed, giving the false impression of a stony-iron meteorite.

noun

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A stony-iron meteorite.
Example sentences
  • Material like that of the stony-irons is thought to occur at the core-mantle boundary of the Earth.
  • The crust is more prevalent on stones and stony-irons and may have partially flaked off.
  • Irons and stony-irons are dense, with up to equal amounts of silicates and iron, and are often irregular in shape.

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