Meteorites and Their Properties

Tektite and Apache Tear Image

Tektite and Apache Tear image

A tektite (left) and an Apache tear

Tektites, which are glassy spherules that represent once-molten material ejected from impact craters, can often be confused with Apache tears, which are glassy weathering products of volcanic lava flows. The sample on the left is a tektite from Indochina, while that on the right is an Apache tear from Arizona. Both objects are black.

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