De Carli, P. S., Hu, J., & Sharp, T. G. (2013, 29 July – August 2). Melt veins help to permit survival of atmospheric entry by shocked meteorites. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, Edmonton, Canada.
Rocks shocked to pressures above the Hugoniot Elastic Limit are very friable. Melt veins in shocked meteorites may provide the strength needed to survive passage through the Earth’s atmosphere.