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DARWIN GLASS Impactite

Impact Glass from Darwin Crater near Mt. Darwin, Tasmania.

 

Impactite Name: DARWIN GLASS
natural glass melt created by meteorite impact
Location: in Wild Rivers National Park, World Heritage Area, 26 km south of Queenstown, Tasmania
Country: AUSTRALIA
Date: Find: 1915

The huge Darwin Crater, approx. 1 km across and 200 m deep, was created about 73,000 years ago when a meteorite struck Tasmania near Mt. Darwin. The heat generated by the explosive force of the impact melted and vaporized the rocks. The molten material was hurled into the sky, falling back as glass and creating one of the world's most spectacular silica glassfields associated with a meteorite crater.

The geologist Lostus Hill found in 1915 small pieces of impactite glass about 10 km west of the crater, but could not pinpoint the source of it. In 1972 R.J. Ford, a geologist at the University of Tasmania, found the crater in dense bush whilst working on an access road for the then proposed Gordon-below-Franklin Dam for the Hydro-Electric-Commission. The crater floor is covered by thick tea-tree swamp. In 1974 a 4WD track was bulldozed into the crater to allow a drill hole being put down in the centre. This showed that in the past 73,000 years the crater has completely been filled with sediment, which provides a valuable pollen record revealing the changing vegetation of the area.

To visit this unusual site today please be reminded that it is now protected within the World Heritage area, and any samples are not allowed to be taken away! But it is still worth wile, seeing the Darwin Glass in situ.

If you have got a piece of Darwin Glass consider yourself very lucky, as there is no more material coming out from the crater area anymore these days!

 

# dg4

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 2.3 g
23.1 x 15.3 x 6.7 mm max.

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# dg5

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 2.6 g
23.7 x 13.3 x 10.1 mm max.

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# dg6

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 5.7 g
33.3 x 15.8 x 14.1 mm max.

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# dg10

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight:4.2g
26.7 x 18.4 x 11.8 mm max.

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# dg19

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass in Acrylic Display Box
Weight: 2.47 g
20.2 x 18.0 x 12.3 mm max.

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# dg20

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass in Acrylic Display Box
Weight: 2.79 g
17.2 x 16.6 x 9.8 mm max.

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# dg21

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass in Acrylic Display Box
Weight: 2.31g
23.7 x 12.0 x 6.4 mm max.

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# dg23

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass in Acrylic Display Box
Weight: 3.11 g
19.8 x 16.3 x 8.8 mm max.

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# dg25

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass in Acrylic Display Box
Weight: 2.30 g
22.6 x 16.5 x 9.5 mm max.

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# dg76

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 13.60 g
69.1 x 21.3 x 12.6 mm max.

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# dg92

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 3.47 g
26.5 x 17.4 x 8.5 mm max.

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# dg96

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 6.88 g
29.3 x 20.7 x 20.5 mm max.

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# dg98

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 2.27 g
25.3 x 16.3 x 7.6 mm max.

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# dg100

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 4.52 g
26.8 x 19.0 x 13.7 mm max.

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# dg104

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 4.77 g
26.5 x 19.0 x 10.8 mm max.

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# dg109

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 3.36g
25.9 x 17.5 x 9.9 mm max.

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# dg142

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 4.93 g
36.4 x 14.5 x 13.6 mm max.

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# dg143

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 5.02 g
36.4 x 16.2 x 11.8 mm max.

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# dg144

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 30.51 g
48.8 x 32.5 x 24.0 mm max.

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# dg145

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 56.90g
62.4 x 38.7 x 30.5 mm max.

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# dg146

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 29.77 g
49.0 X 46.4 x 13.6 mm max.

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# dg147

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 7.87 g
39.9 X 20.6 x 9.3 mm max.

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# dg148

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 13.06 g
33.3 X 23.4 x 26.2 mm max.

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# dg149

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 5.53g
25.7 X 22.8 x 12.4 mm max.

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# dg150

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 9.30 g
33.0 x 21.7 x 17.1 mm max.

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# dg151

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 10.06 g
37.2 x 29.4 x 13.4 mm max.

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# dg152

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 9.75 g
41.8 x 14.3 x 16.5 mm max.

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# dg153

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 18.50g
36.0 x 24.4 x 16.6 mm max.

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# dg154

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 19.42 g
43.5 x 27.0 x 18.8 mm max.

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# dg155

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 12.14 g
31.9 x 26.7 x 16.7 mm max.

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# dg156

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 8.28 g
36.3 x 28.1 x 11.3 mm max.

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# dg157

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 9.53g
24.4 x 22.6 x 16.8 mm max.

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# dg158

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 11.68 g
34.4 x 29.8 x 9.6 mm max.

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# dg159

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 6.45 g
34.4 x 15.6 x 9.2 mm max.

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# dg160

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 14.45 g
43.2 x 29.1 x 16.2 mm max.

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# dg161

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 24.89g
42.6 x 24.9 x 22.9 mm max.

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# dg162

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 7.59 g
34.4 x 21.4 x 18.1 mm max.

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# dg163

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 8.35 g
27.5 x 24.6 x 10.3 mm max.

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# dg164

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 6.27 g
38.1 x 18.1 x 12.0 mm max.

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# dg165

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 4.64g
33.8 x 15.6 x 8.4 mm max.

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# dg166

DARWIN GLASS, Impact Fusion Glass
Weight: 15.36g
32.8 x 30.9 x 17.6 mm max.

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