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About IndochiniteHide

Black, dark brown
Named after the region of occurrence - the former French colonies of Indochina (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia) plus Thailand and southern China.
A variety of Tektite

A tektite variety found predominantly in South-East Asia and Australia but also possibly in Canada.

The crater of this strewn field is possibly in Southern Laos.

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Physical Properties of IndochiniteHide

Black, dark brown
Conchoidal, Sub-Conchoidal

Geological EnvironmentHide

Geological Setting:
Unconsolidated sediments.

Other Language Names for IndochiniteHide


Other InformationHide

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

References for IndochiniteHide

Reference List:
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Barnes, V E and K Pitakpaivan (1962) ORIGIN OF INDOCHINITE TEKTITES Procedings of NAS 48:947-955.
Cavosie, A. (2018): The Enduring Mystery of Australasian Tektites. Elements 14, 212-213.
Cavosie, A. J., N. E. Timms, T. M. Erickson, and C. Koeberl (2018): New clues from Earth's most elusive impact crater: Evidence of reidite in Australasian tektites from Thailand. Geology 46, 203-206.
Povenmire, H. (2012) Possible Indochinite Tektites found in North Western Canada, 75th Annual Meteoritical Society Meeting

Internet Links for IndochiniteHide

Localities for IndochiniteHide

This map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.

Locality ListHide

- This locality has map coordinates listed. - This locality has estimated coordinates. ⓘ - Click for further information on this occurrence. ? - Indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. - Good crystals or important locality for species. - World class for species or very significant. (TL) - Type Locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) - First Recorded Locality for everything else (eg varieties). Struck out - Mineral was erroneously reported from this locality. Faded * - Never found at this locality but inferred to have existed at some point in the past (eg from pseudomorphs.)

All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
  • Pailin Province
Meteorite Collection of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta No. MET4602-122
  • Guangxi
    • Baise
    • Yulin
  • Hainan
    • Ding'an Co.
Pinti, D.L., Matsumoto, T., Matsuda, J.-I., and Fang, Z. (2004): Meteoritics & Planetary Science 39(1), 1-10.
Pinti, D.L., Matsumoto, T., Matsuda, J.-I., and Fang, Z. (2004): Meteoritics & Planetary Science 39(1), 1-10.
    • Wenchang Co.
Pinti, D.L., Matsumoto, T., Matsuda, J.-I., and Fang, Z. (2004): Meteoritics & Planetary Science 39(1), 1-10.
  • Champasak Province
  • Savannakhet Province
    • Nong District
Barnes, V. E., & Pitakpaivan, K. (1962). Origin of indochinite tektites. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 48(6), 947.
  • Nakhon Ratchasima Province
    • Nakhon Ratchasima District
C. Lemanski, Jr. (visited, collected & photographed).
Fiske, P. S., Putthapiban, P., & Wasson, J. T. (1996). Excavation and analysis of layered tektites from Northeast Thailand: results of 1994 field expedition. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 31(1), 36-41.
  • Cao Bằng Province
    • Bảo Lâm District
Chester S. Lemanski, Jr.
  • Quảng Nam Province
  • Thừa Thiên-Huế Province
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