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Tektites in the geological record : showers of glass from the sky

Author: G J H McCall; Geological Society of London.
Publisher: London : Geological Society, 2001.
Series: Earth in view.
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"Tektites have always been regarded as mysterious objects, anomalous in terms of the geological record. They are not meteorites but their occurrence cannot be divorced from meteoritics. They are found only in certain areas of the Earth, known as strewn fields, the material being mostly projected melt from terrestrial rocks at a site of impact. The impact explosion processes producing the craters and related  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: G J H McCall; Geological Society of London.
ISBN: 1862390851 9781862390850
OCLC Number: 46694111
Notes: Includes glossary (p. 223-230).
Description: vii, 256 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Patrick Moore --
Ch. 1. Historical perspective --
Ch. 2. The strewn fields --
Ch. 3. Microtektites --
Ch. 4. Muong Nong-type tektites --
Ch. 5. The age paradox --
Ch. 6. The source of tektites --
Ch. 7. Glasses related to tektites: Darwin Glass and Libyan Desert Glass --
Ch. 8. Other related occurrences of natural glass --
Ch. 9. Discussion --
App. Applications of isotope geochemistry.
Series Title: Earth in view.
Responsibility: G.J.H. McCall.

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"Tektites have always been regarded as mysterious objects, anomalous in terms of the geological record. They are not meteorites but their occurrence cannot be divorced from meteoritics. They are found only in certain areas of the Earth, known as strewn fields, the material being mostly projected melt from terrestrial rocks at a site of impact. The impact explosion processes producing the craters and related structures are still not fully understood, but studies of tektites can tell us much about the immense velocities and trajectories of the melt projected out from these sites. Tektites and related natural glass objects thus have relevance when considering the causes of palaeontological mass extinctions and in discussion of the effects of possible future impact by comet, meteorite or asteroid." "Tektites in the Geological Record summarizes all that is now known globally about these enigmatic natural glass bodies. It presents an all-encompassing view of tektites at a level accessible to geologists, geochemists, geophysicists, astronomers, planetologists and the general reader with an interest in science."--Jacket.

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