Tektite impactites

Tektites are terrestrial rock that is transformed during a meteorite impact event. After a large meteorite impact event, silica bearing minerals are ejected from the surface of the Earth into the atmosphere. This causes them to melt and form droplets which fall back to Earth, sometimes thousands of kilometers away. Occasionally, tektites contain remnants of the meteorites that created them. Tektites take their name from Greek ‘tektos’ meaning ‘molten’. Learn more





  • 4,3g. Germany - Czechia, 15 million years ago

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