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Shock fronts in Hawaii

The most vexing question in meteoritics is on the verge of being answered — what process led to the small droplets of primordial dust that are found throughout the most primitive meteorites?

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Figure 1: A chondritic meteorite containing both chondrules and calcium-and-aluminium-rich inclusions (CAIs).


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