Meteorites: Visitors from Outer Space(RM-03)
Every day the earth is pelted with millions of stony objects from outer space, particles traveling at such great speeds that most of them burn up when entering our atmosphere. A few larger pieces survive their fiery flight and land on earth as meteorites.

Three general types of meteorites are found: iron, stony-irons, and stones. Most are somewhat magnetic and, when unweathered, are covered with a glassy dark crust.

meteorites reveal information about outer space and the solar system. Eleven meteorites have been recovered from Indiana, and more may lie unrecognized. The Indiana Geological Survey will identify suspected meteorites without charge.

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