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Impact simulation of an asteroid hitting land surface

Simulation Tektites
Diameter Impact speed Impact angle
1.5 km 20 km/s 30°
Final crater produced: Ries, Germany
Simulation: Dr. Natalia Artemieva, Russian  Academy of Science, Russia, using the code SOVA.

Colors represent different materials
Color intensity represents material density
Colored dots represent:
Yellow - Potential tektite material (originating close to the surface and completely melted).
Green - Solid target material
Cyan - Material from the projectile that is completely melted (if it mixes with melted target it forms material with extraterrestrial fingerprint, not tektites).

Click on Simulation Tektites link above to play video of Asteroid hitting land surface.

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