Shock-Lithification of Unconsolidated Rock Materials

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Science  21 Oct 1966:
Vol. 154, Issue 3747, pp. 382-384
DOI: 10.1126/science.154.3747.382


Loose quartz grains packed around chemical explosives are forced during cratering explosions into compacted, coherent masses resembling sand stone 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.