Welcome to the Impactites.net website!
Our online catalogue contains impact rocks, rare minerals and tektites from several
astroblemes from Russia and Ukraine. Some unusual fulgurites are present here also.
- Impact rocks are divided by the categories. As a classification base I took the
article "Morphological, structural and lithological records of terrestrial impacts:
an overview" (pdf 3514 Kb) written by V. L. MASAITIS in Australian Journal
of Earth Sciences (2005) 52, (509 - 528).
- Rare minerals presented here are also the product of the meteorite impact.
- Our fulgurites are very unique! The most of fulgurites you can find on market are
the result of lightning hits the sand. Usually in the desert. So the chemically
they are glass based on silica. They are also called Lechatelierite.
Our fulgurites became a reality when the lightning hits the massive basaltic rocks.
The event produces a hole in a rock and the melted substance was pushed out the
hole. And then it was cool down.
The basic chemical composition is: Na2O- 2,3; MgO - 5,6; Al2O3 - 13,2; SiO4 - 47,5;
K2O-0,5; CaO - 10,1; TiO2 - 1,9; MnO-0,4; FeO- 13,5 : total 95,00%
You can see that Silica is less that 50%!
Here is an image of the actual hole in the basaltic rocks on the site how it was
found (click to enlarge)!