- a small, radially striated rock structure produced by intense shock, such as generated by meteorite impact.
Origin of shatter cone
First recorded in 1945–50
Also called pressure cone.
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- A fractured, conical fragment of rock that has striations radiating outward from the apex. Shatter cones are believed to form when rocks are subjected to shock waves associated with a meteoric impact. They are typically between a few centimeters and a few meters long.
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