The Chozo displays that are made of Cordite.

Cordite is a strong material that can be destroyed using the Super Missile. Its only appearance was in Metroid Prime. Cordite appeared mostly in the Chozo Ruins, but also in other places of Chozo importance as round displays that appear to represent a star system. The material was also used to strengthen certain objects, such as a column in Research Lab Hydra. It may be the same material of a Super Missile Block, but this is uncertain.

Official website[]

kreuger displacement: 84.36
atomic weight: 57.665
vacuum potential: 24.601
origin: Primarily nitroglicerine

"In its purest form, Cordite is a smokeless powder composed primarily of nitrocglicerine. An elaborate processing procedure transforms this powder into an extremely dense solid. Cordite is so strong, in fact, that in laboratory tests it consistently withstood direct hits from war-grade missiles. Cordite can only be weakened by simultaneous strikes with multiple missiles."

Real-world etymology[]

Cordite is a family of smokeless propellants developed and produced in the United Kingdom from 1889 to replace gunpowder as a military propellant. Cordite is now obsolete and it is no longer produced, but famed for its odor which is frequently associated with the aftermath of a war.