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Don_Quix's Avatar Jump to comment 23 by Don_Quix

Question: What happens to the constituent elements when a meteor burns up? Do they just become dispersed?
I'm no expert, but I would guess that the lighter elements vaporize and either become part of our atmosphere, slowly settle to the ground in the form of carbon, or drift back into space. If it was made of heavier elements (like iron) and was large enough to survive the trip through the atmosphere, part of it may have impacted the ground out in the middle of nowhere. I'm sure it probably depends on what the rock is made of.

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 16:13:00 UTC | #275527