Altered spherules of impact melt and associated relic glass from the K/T boundary sediments in Haiti

David A. Kring, William V. Boynton

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Partially to wholly altered glass spherules produced by impact-induced shock melting have been found in the K/T boundary sediments of Haiti which also contain grains of shocked quartz. The relic glass has an approximately dacitic composition, and although grossly similar in composition to most previously described tektite glasses, it is slightly enriched in Ca and slightly depleted in Si, suggesting the Haitian glass was produced either from a target with a greater fraction of carbonate and anhydrite lithologies and fewer silicate units than the targets from which most other tektites were produced, and/or from one with a significant mafic component. The composition of the glass can best be reconciled with a continental margin terrane, consistent with studies of shocked mineral phases reported elsewhere. The thickness of the deposit in which the impact spherules occur indicates the source of the ejecta was in the proto-Caribbean region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1737-1742
Number of pages6
JournalGeochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1991


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  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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