Written By Aubrey Whymark 2007-2017
I think about tektites all the time. This is a photo my girlfriend (now wife) took on her phone when I was supposed to be giving her attention. I don't see her that much...


There are analogues for tektite formation everywhere, so I'm always on the look out for them. Check out this tomato ketchup (none was wasted)!
Early research focused on Australites, had it focused on Indochinites, a terrestrial origin was obvious. Most indochinites show signs of plastic deformation. They 'splatted' against something. Most people assume the ground, but this is not so. They splatted against the atmosphere and were deformed and flattened in exactly the same way as a raindrop is, except that tektites solidify and 'lock-in' the shape.

Tektites and food!

Tektite morphologies are commonly named after food. These include Hershey's Kisses, Onions, Hamburgers and Biscuits. In Australia you'll find the plates, bowls and barrels!
ABOVE: A tektite factory? No, it's the making of Hershey's Kisses from Interestingly many tektite shapes are named after food. Hershey's Kisses (in tektite form) are only found in the proximal areas of impact. In the Australasian strewnfield, Hershey's Kisses are restricted to the Indochinese Peninsula.
ABOVE:  These beautiful onions from North Vietnam were evidently a viscous molten glass when they splatted against something. That 'something' was almost certainly the atmosphere (think belly-flopping into a swimming pool) and not impact with the ground.