Meteorites & Tektites
NOTE: The Non-vertebrate Paleontology Lab does not identify or conduct analyses on possible meteorites or tektites. If you believe that you are in possession of either a meteorite or tektite, we suggest that you contact others near where you are located, such as a local gem and mineral club.
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Meteorites and tektites have different features and properties. For meteorite information and identification see:
- Meteorites of Texas by Virgil E. Barnes and Oscar E. Monnig
See also the following links:
There is also a flame test to confirm if a rock is a tektite: http://www.tektites.co.uk/tektite-tests.html
The research collections of F. Earl Ingerson and the more extensive collection of Virgil E. Barnes form the core of this material.
Collections include meteorites acquired during the early geological surveys of the State of Texas, and those added since that time for both research or display. Especially prominent are the collections from the Works Progress Administration (WPA) project at the Odessa impact site, directed by E.H. Sellards and overseen in the field by Glen L. Evans.
Click here to see a computer simulation of the Odessa impact structure.
The Catalogue of Meteorites is the database of all meteorite falls and finds. It is published by the Natural History Museum in London, UK. If you search that database for the Concho meteorite shown here you can find details about the meteorite.
The research collections of F. Earl Ingerson and the more extensive collection of Virgil E. Barnes form the core of this material. The Virgil E. Barnes Tektite Collection contains specimens collected by Dr. Barnes over the course of his career, from localities throughout the world. The collection currently contains about 2000 uniquely identified specimens, consisting of over 7000 individual pieces. These specimens consist of Australites, Libyan Glass, Moldavites, Indochinites (from China, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam), Ivory Coast Tektites, Philippinites, and Bedasites. In addition to actual specimens, the collection includes comparison materials, source rock samples, as well as additional materials used in Dr. Barnes’ tektite research.
Other Impact Related
These are rocks that have been affected by an impact at, or close to, the impact site. Shatter cones, impact glass, other than tektites, and impact breccias are included. The collections contain quantities of brecciated rocks from the Odessa impact site (the WPA project, Sellards and Evans) and material from various impact sites collected by Virgil Barnes.