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The earth's atmosphere protects it from small meteorites - actually the specific part is the mesosphere. When meteorites contact this part of the atmosphere they wither burn up or become very small. I don't understant the "earth's moon is" part, sorry.

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What is a small piece of rocky space debris that strikes the earth's surface?

meteorites


How often do meteorites hit Earth?

When meteoroids enter Earth's atmosphere they are usually traveling around 10-70 kilometers per second. The atmosphere quickly burns up smaller ones and slows larger ones down to around 300 kilometers per hour before they strike the Earth.


What forms when small meteorites crash into the Moon?

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What are the three types of asteroids?

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What are space objects that burn as they enter Earth's atmosphere called?

Its called friction. When the rock enters the atmosphere it can be travelling at thousands of miles and hour. In space there is nothing to slow it down, when it comes to the Earths atmosphere there is resistance as the air tries to slow it down, this creates heat and the tempretures can reach thousands of degrees, rock melts at about 1200ºC.

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What are small fragments that have entered the earths atmosphere and fallen to the surface?

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What are the small fragments that entered the earths atmosphere and fallen to the surface?

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How does atmosphere protect inhabitants on earths surface?

Besides providing oxygen to breathe, the atmosphere protects us from ultraviolet radiation (thanks to the ozone layer), meteors and meteorites (which burn up from the friction), and excesses of heat and cold (by spreading the sun's heat more or less equally around the Earth, and insulating us from the worst of it).


What are small fragments that have entered the earth atmosphere and fallen to the surface?

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Why did the earth get hit with meteorites?

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Where did meteorites landed?

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What is a small piece of rocky space debris that strikes the earth's surface?

meteorites


Why don't small meteorites pulverize the Earth's surface like they do the Moon?

Small objects - and even some fairly large objects - that strike the Earth are heated to incandescence by friction and compression as they enter the Earth's atmosphere. Most such meteorites either explode harmlessly far above the ground or are vaporized entirely.


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What are small fragments that have entered to earth atmosphere and fallen to surface?

If the fragments had their origin in outer space, the fragments to be found on Earth would be called "meteorites".


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