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Gravel-sized glassy bodies of natural glass formed from terrestrial debris ejected during large impacts.

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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Classification of Tektite

Sub-divisions of Tektite

Mineralogy of Tektite

Essential minerals - these are minerals that are required within the classification of this rock:
GlassAn amorphous, homogeneous material with a random liquid-like structure generally formed due to rapid cooling.

First Recorded Occurrence of Tektite

Other Names for Tektite

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References for Tektite

Reference List:
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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