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A natural glass formed from a meteorite impact melting the local rock. Depending on the nature of the latter, the composition of tektites is variable. Hence, many varietal names are given to tektites from different localities.

The meteoritic source was determined for three fields of scattered tektites (bediasite and georgiaite in North America, moldavite in Central Europe, and ivorite in West Africa). Though, for Australian and Asian tektites (indochinite, australite, zhamanshinite, irghizite, and others), the occurrence in meteoritic craters has only been inferred.

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No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Tektite

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Chalmers, R. O., Henderson, E. P., & Mason, B. (1976). Occurrence, distribution, and age of Australian tektites. Smithsonian Contributions to the Earth Sciences, 17.

J. Jedwab (1977) Minerals Deposited in Tektite and Impactite Bubbles. Meteoritics, 12, 264-266.

Bentor, Y. K. (1986) A new approach to the problem of tektite genesis. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 77, 1-13.

Köberl C. (1990) The geochemistry of tektites: An overview. Tectonophysics 171, 405–422.

O'Keefe, J.A. (1993) The origin of tektites. Meteoritics, 29, 73–78.

Rossano, S., Balan, E., Morin, G., Bauer, J.-P., Calas, G., and Brouder, C. (1999) 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy of tektites. Phys. Chem. Minerals: 26: 530-538.

Povenmire, H. (2003) Tektites, A Cosmic Enigma. Florida Fireball Network, 210 pp. [Flame test to distinguish between tektite and obsidian]

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