First natural occurrence of coesite

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Coesite, the high-pressure polymorph of SiO2, hitherto known only as a synthetic compound, is identified as an abundant mineral in sheared Coconino sandstone at Meteor Crater, Arizona. This natural occurrence has important bearing on the recognition of meteorite impact craters in quartz-bearing geologic formations.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title First natural occurrence of coesite
Series title Science
Volume 132
Issue 3421
Year Published 1960
Language English
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Science
First page 220