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Tektites



Often confused with meteorites, Tektites are fused glass stones found at the site of meteor strikes, created when superheated rock, silica, soil and meteoric material thrown out by the impact cool to form glassy black nuggets. In this respect Tektites are similar to Obsidian, a volcanic glass created during eruptions. Their name is derived from the Greek tektos, meaning 'molten'.

Also known as 'Thunderstones', Tektites were long believed to have fallen from the sky, bringing with them fertility and blessings from the Gods above. Metaphysically, Tektites are symbolic of the transforming power of elemental Fire and are used in magic and ritual to summon your own spiritual Fire in order to transform your life.

Tektites are only found in a few places on Earth. Known as strewn fields, these are areas where massive ancient meteor impacts splashed molten material over great distances. The largest is the Australasian strewn field, which spans Southern China, South East Asia, the Indian Ocean, Indonesia, the Philippines and Australia (the Australiasian field is estimated to cover about 10% of the Earth's surface!). There are far fewer Tektite fields than there are meteor impact craters because Tektites, mainly composed of silica glass, break down and dissolve over the course of millions of years. Most Tektites come from large, relatively young impact events.

Despite many years of study there is still some argument about where Tektites originate from. Some scientists believe that Tektites may be ejecta from the surface of the Moon. Violent impacts on the Moon's surface could throw rocks & molten material into space, where it could be caught in Earth's orbit and eventually fall out of the sky. Some material similar to Tektites was discovered by Apollo astronauts, but this theory does not account for the fact that Tektites are found in well defined splash patterns near meteor craters on planet Earth, or the fact that Tektites are not found in Antarctica, where Moon rocks are gathered and studied (although Moon rocks and extraterrestrial material fall everywhere they are much easier to find in barren, empty areas like Antarctica and the Sahara desert).