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A space rock’s weird skips led to Earth’s biggest meteorite field

Altay Cut (Iron Meteorite III-E), found in Altai, Xinjiang, in the collection of Tianjin Natural History Museum, China.

The Aletai asteroid fractured into fragments (one pictured) that fell across more than 400 kilometres in northern China. Credit: Leiem (CC-BY-SA-4.0)

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Nature 607, 11 (2022)



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