Image: Impactite: Microkrystite spherules
Impactite: Microkrystite spherules (16 cm x 13 cm). Bee Gorge Member, Witenoom Formation, Munjira Gorge, Mount George, Western Australia.
- S Humphreys
- © Australian Museum
Glassy, molten rocks - impactites - can be produced directly by the high heat and pressure of a meteorite impact or just its shock wave, without projecting the molten material up into our atmosphere. Molten glass and rocks fractured by high pressure have been found near impact craters