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ASTEROID IMPACT BRECCIA FROM ONE OF THE LARGEST IMPACT STRUCTURES ON EARTH - Popigai Crater, Russia

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ASTEROID IMPACT BRECCIA

From the Popigai Crater, Siberia, Russia
 
35 million years old

This rock, known as an impact breccia, or suevite, consists of pulverised rock created by the immense pressures and temperatures associated with the impact of a giant asteroid. The rock shows clear evidence of the violence of the event.

This example is from the 100 kilometre (62 mile) wide Popigai Crater in North Central Siberia which is tied with the Manicouagan crater in Canada as the fourth largest verified impact crater on Earth.

The asteroid is estimated to have been 5 to 8 kilometres in diameter and travelling up to 20 kilometres per second. Within a fraction of a second the energy of the impact instantly melted and vapourised hundreds of cubic kilometers of rock and ejected much of it high into the air. The shock-induced pressures also instantly transformed graphite in the local rocks to diamonds.

​​​​​​​Sample is supplied in a glass-topped display box as shown.


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​​​​​​​Size: 9 x 9 x 2.8 centimetres (size of box)
Weight: 109 grams (including box)

PRICE: £25.00
ASTEROID IMPACT BRECCIA FROM ONE OF THE LARGEST IMPACT STRUCTURES ON EARTH - Popigai Crater, Russia
ASTEROID IMPACT BRECCIA FROM ONE OF THE LARGEST IMPACT STRUCTURES ON EARTH - Popigai Crater, Russia ASTEROID IMPACT BRECCIA FROM ONE OF THE LARGEST IMPACT STRUCTURES ON EARTH - Popigai Crater, Russia ASTEROID IMPACT BRECCIA FROM ONE OF THE LARGEST IMPACT STRUCTURES ON EARTH - Popigai Crater, Russia ASTEROID IMPACT BRECCIA FROM ONE OF THE LARGEST IMPACT STRUCTURES ON EARTH - Popigai Crater, Russia