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Lonar Meteorite Impact Crater - Impactite

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The Lonar impact crater is located in Maharashtra, India, and was created by a meteorite impact that occurred during the Pleistocene Epoch.

This impact is the only known hyper velocity impact crater found, to date, in entirely basaltic rock on Earth. It was created by either an asteroid or comet.

The lake which is located in the circular depression inside the crater is both saline and alkaline in nature. Some of the bacteria and actinomycetes found from the lake are able to grow in Mars simulant soil.

The impact occurred about 50,000 years ago and is considered to be a young crater. The presence of the impact materials such as shatter cones, PDFs or Planar Deformation Features in plagioclase, shocked breccia and impact glass further confirms that this is an impact structure.

The Lonar basalt impactite rocks are composed mainly of plagioclase, clinopyroxene, opaque minerals and altered shocked glass.

Specimen size: 60mm H X 48mm W X 12mm D. This specimen has very nice, interesting features. Ships with tag, tag stand, Certificate of Authenticity and perky display box. Specimen stand and cube not included.

This is some very rare impactite material from the Deccan Traps, India. Obtained in a legal trade with a scientific institution.

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