Encyclopedia of Geobiology

2011 Edition
| Editors: Joachim Reitner, Volker Thiel

Chondrites

  • Joachim Reitner
  • Volker Thiel
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9212-1_55

Chondrites are the most common class of stony meteorites. Chondrites largely consist of iron- and magnesium silicate minerals and remain unaffected from melting and differentiation. Therefore, chondrites are considered to reflect the elemental composition of the original solar nebula. Carbonaceous chondrites are a rare variety of chondrites containing numerous organic compounds, including amino acids. See “ Meteoritics” for further reading.

Keywords

Organic Compound Elemental Composition Rare Variety Silicate Mineral Solar Nebula 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joachim Reitner
    • 1
  • Volker Thiel
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GöttingenGöttingenGermany