Tektites are impact-generated glass bodies that show varying degrees of aerodynamic sculpting due to passage through Earth’s atmosphere. They have been prized for thousands of years, first as attractive shiny stones and desirable carving media, and much later, as interesting geological oddities. The ancient Chinese attributed tektites to thunderstorms, because of the ease with which there were recovered following heavy rainfall. Charles Darwin described them as probably arising from volcanic activity. In the 20th Century, there was a famous (infamous, really) and prolonged argument over a possible lunar origin. However, it has been clear for thirty years now that tektites...

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