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Shock-Lithification of Unconsolidated Rock Materials

Nicholas M. Short
Science
New Series, Vol. 154, No. 3747 (Oct. 21, 1966), pp. 382-384
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1719263
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Shock-Lithification of Unconsolidated Rock Materials
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Abstract

Loose quartz grains packed around chemical explosives are forced during cratering explosions into compacted, coherent masses resembling sandstone blocks found at certain meteorite craters. Sandstone-like lumps found at the Wabar (Arabia) meteorite craters are similar to these shock-lithified sands. Shock-lithification by impact may be effected on Moon as large meteorites strike surfaces covered with rubble from earlier collisions.

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