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Photos by John Sinclair, Meteorite USA.   Copyright (c) John Sinclair, Meteorite USA.
45.3 grams.   Tektite

Believed to have originated from the Chesapeake Bay impact event about 35.5 million years ago. They are fairly rare and this one is pretty large.

     


John writes:
This 45.3 gram Georgia tektite was found by a collector hunting arrowheads in Pulaski County, Georgia, USA, some years ago. The two backlit photos have not been adjusted, just different angles in front of the light.


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Michael farmer
 4/14/2020 5:55:32 PM
Gorgeous piece
Steve Brittenham
 4/14/2020 12:19:11 PM
Really beautiful piece, John! I don't know much about tektites, but I was hoping maybe Paul's readers might be able to provide some possibly related information. About 30 years ago I bought two supposedly rare "North Americanites", as they were called. After seeing John's wonderful specimen, I very much doubt mine are the same -- mine are smaller and light gray when backlit. They aren't saffordites (which of course are lavender colored pseudo-tektites that come from Arizona), and I recall from way back when that they were supposed to have come from the eastern part of the U.S. Has anyone heard of "North Americanites", and if so, can you describe their physical characteristics (color, opacity, or anything else that might give me a clue as to what mine might be)? Thanks!
Bernd Pauli
 4/14/2020 9:46:56 AM
A tektite "crown jewel" - thanks for sharing!
John Divelbiss
 4/14/2020 6:50:53 AM
very interesting John...the yellow coloring with the backlight is gorgeous.
 

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