Image: Tektite: Moldavite

Tektite: Moldavite

Moldavite (4 cm x 2.5 cm). Lhenice, Southern Bohemia, Czech Republic.

S Humphreys
© Australian Museum


Tektites are named geographically. In this case, Moldavites (Vltavins) are from the Czech Republic and Slovakia in Eastern Europe.

A number of impact craters on Earth have been suggested as sources of tektites. The Ries Crater in southern Germany has shock effects extending down to over 2 km, and may be linked to Moldavites.

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