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Illustration of different giant impact histories leading to iron-rich planet formation

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Different giant-impact histories can result in an iron-rich body (indicated with the letter C):

Top: A catastrophic collision (e.g., Benz et al. 2007).

Middle: A hit-and-run collision (e.g., Asphaug & Reufer 2014).

Bottom: A chain of hit-and-run collisions (e.g., Chau et al. 2018).

This image is Figure 7b in Gabriel & Cambioni (2023).


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