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
DOI 10.1126/science.132.3421.220
Volume 132
Issue 3421
Year Published 1960
Language English
Publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science
Description 3 p.
First page 220
Last page 222
Country United States
State Arizona
Other Geospatial Meteor Crater
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