n. dark glassy rock thought to be the result of meteors striking the Earth's crust (Geology)

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  • Tektite — Tektites (from Greek tektos , molten) are natural glass objects up to a few centimeters in size, which most scientists argue were formed by the impact of large meteorites on Earth s surface. Tektites are typically black or olive green, and their… …   Wikipedia

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  • Tollmann's hypothetical bolide — Alexander Tollmann s bolide, proposed by Kristen Tollmann and Tollmann (1994), is a hypothesis presented by Austrian geologist Dr. Alexander Tollmann, suggesting that one or several bolides (asteroids or comets) struck the Earth at 7640 BCE… …   Wikipedia

  • Edward C. T. Chao — (Edward Ching Te Chao) (November 30, 1919 ndash; February 3, 2008) was one of the founders of the field of impact metamorphism, the study of the effects of meteorite impacts on the Earth s crust.Born in Suzhou, China, he was best known for… …   Wikipedia

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  • Australasian strewnfield — The Australasian strewnfield, covering at least one tenth of the Earth s surface, is the largest and the youngest of the tektite strewnfields. The 800,000 year old strewnfield includes most of Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Thailand, Southern China,… …   Wikipedia

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