impactite


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impactite

[′im‚pak‚tīt]
(geology)
Glassy fused rock or meteor fragments resulting from heat of impact of a meteor on the earth.
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Scientists now think that tektites are a type of impactite, formed during the rapid heating and cooling of material ejected when a meteorite strikes Earth.
Impactites are thought to be products of the impact of large extraterrestrial objects against the earth.
1983) noted in the sequence at Kutikina the first appearance of small convex quartz scrapers - thumbnail scrapers - and the impactite Darwin glass, from either the Darwin Crater, c.