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Impactite

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Rocks affected by one or more hypervelocty impact(s) resulting from collision(s) of plaentary bodies.

i. A vesicular, glassy to finely crystalline material produced by fusion or partial fusion of target rock by the heat generated from the impact of a large meteorite, and occurring in and around the resulting crater, typically as individual bodies composed of mixtures of melt and rock fragments, often with traces of meteoritic material; a rock from a presumed impact site.

Synonym of: impact slag, impact glass

Ref: AGI

ii. A term used incorrectly for any shock-metamorphosed rock.


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