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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History


Photo by Chip Clark. Click to zoom.
Catalog Number USNM 3138
Meteorite Type CV3
Locality Italy
Weight 1,162.74 g

From the exhibit

Despite their name, not all the carbonaceous chondrites are rich in carbon. Many contain abundant water. Some even possess complex organic molecules like amino acids, albeit of nonbiologic origin.

Except for gases like helium and light elements such as lithium, the compositions of CI chondrites and the Sun are similar. CI chondrites represent the average composition of the Solar System’s primordial dust.


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