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Young Earth Impact

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Artistic rendering of a large impactor crashing into the young Earth
Courtesy of Southwest Research Institute
SwRI scientists modeled the protracted period of bombardment after the Moon formed, determining that impactor metals may have descended into Earth’s core. This artistic rendering illustrates a large impactor crashing into the young Earth. Light brown and gray particles indicate the projectile’s mantle (silicate) and core (metal) material, respectively.