Silicate Spherules from Tunguska Impact Area: Electron Microprobe Analysis

Science  02 May 1969:
Vol. 164, Issue 3879, pp. 547-549
DOI: 10.1126/science.164.3879.547


The major oxide composition of four silicate spherules from the area of forest devastated by the explosion of the Tunguska meteorite has been determined by electron microprobe analysis. In general, the spherules have compositions similar to that of igneous glass except for the low iron and the high calcium oxide content of the three spherules that have a low content of silicon dioxide. None of the spherules seem to have compositions similar to the silicate portiof any major meteorite group.