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a meteorite composed principally of olivine and metallic iron

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Strikingly beautiful in appearance, pallasite meteorites are also of great scientific value.
These included the German naturalist Peter Simon Pallas (1741-1811), discoverer and namesake of the class of meteorites now known as "pallasites." In 1767 he took a position with the St.
Stony-irons have three possible classes: pallasites, mesosiderites, and lodranites.
Norton begins with chondrites, the primitive stones that have survived from the earliest times in solar-system history, and methodically works his way to exotic types like pallasites (samples from the core-mantle boundaries of asteroids that have been smashed apart) and meteorites from the Moon and Mars.
For one, it is the granddaddy of the meteorite class now dubbed pallasites. The circumstances of its landing - seemingly as gentle as a marshmallow landing on a featherbed - are a mystery, but its contribution to the founding of the science of meteoritics is well established.
To ascertain the true origin of the meteorite, I compared printed accounts of its physical appearance, degree of weathering, and chemical composition against those of the other pallasites discovered in Evans's day.