Originally thought to be a new class of meteorite, tektites are actually material that has been melted when a meteorite impacts the ground. This material was ejected upon impact, and cooled as it fell back to Earth, often resulting in a droplet shape. They typically show bubbles of gas trapped within and have a surface that is similar in appearance to the fusion crust seen on meteorites such as the Sahara Chondrite Meteorite.
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Click the animated image to open the Tektite 3D viewer. This allows you to rotate the Tektite, move it around, zoom in and out, measure the size and more.
Last updated: 02 November 2018