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Archaeology of the asteroid belt

The size of asteroids in the Solar System's main asteroid belt may help constrain one of the least-understood aspects of planet formation — the transition from pebble-sized dust balls to mountain-sized planetesimals.

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Figure 1: Evolutionary stages of the main asteroid belt.


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Chambers, J. Archaeology of the asteroid belt. Nature 460, 963–964 (2009).

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