X-Ray Diffraction Study of Minerals from Shocked Iron Meteorites

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Science  20 May 1966:
Vol. 152, Issue 3725, pp. 1055-1057
DOI: 10.1126/science.152.3725.1055


Diffraction analysis of minerals from iron meteorites indicates a pronounced shock-induced alteration in the minerals' crystallographic character. The extent of alteration seems to be dependent on the degree of shock and can therefore serve as a measure of shock intensity. The changes appear to be due to the minerals' direct recrystallization during passage of the shock wave.