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Small, dark colored, glassy beads that were probably formed by the impact of a meteorite with the earth's surface. Tektite beads are usually black, dark brown or green in color. They contain 68-82% silica and have a composition similar to shale.

Synonyms and Related Terms

tektites; Tektit (Deut.); Tektyt (Pol.); tektiet (Ned.)

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "tektite" Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service. [Accessed 28 Sept. 2005].
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998