Please click on the sub-menu for an extensive list of references - it's a big list, so be patient! Due to the rarity of some tektite books, they can be very hard to come by. A good source for old and rare books is Other tektite books are still in publication - I'd grab them now - they will only go up in value! Many papers can be obtained online for free (see my reference list). Good sources for articles include the NASA Technical Server, the Smithsonian/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) and the Lunar and Planetary Institute. Many of the papers not freely available are downloadable from sites for anything from US$10 to more commonly US$34 plus (typically US$30). Not being a millionaire, I'll be avoiding these sources as much as possible, despite the convenience. The Geological Society, London, which will have many papers, offers copying by staff (for non-commercial purposes) for around US$ 0.30 / GBP 0.15 to fellows or US$ 0.50 / GBP 0.25 per page (a 20 page paper will cost around US$ 6 for fellows or US$ 10 for non-members). Geological and astronomical societies in other countries and university libraries likely offer a similar and more affordable service. One problem, however, is that commonly tektite papers have been 'bunched' together in publications, meaning they cannot all be copied due to copyright law. Where you can get a copy though, on average, having someone photocopy the papers for you is about seven or eight times cheaper than buying on the internet, and sometimes up to one hundred times cheaper! It's a shame that such a good resource prices out most people.

Many tektite books have conclusions on the origin of tektites that I fundamentally disagree with, none more so than Robin Collyns' 'Did Spacemen Colonise the Earth?' No they didn't...and neither were tektites produced in an ancient atomic war!! Lunar origin hypotheses, whilst now very much out of favour, still persist. John O'keefe and Hal Povenmire have supported a lunar origin. I disagree with some of the interpretations, but would still highly recommend the extensive literature and valuable information offered by these authors. It certainly broadens the mind, but the reader should draw their own conclusions from the facts. At the end of the day nothing beats looking at a tektite (or a thousand tektites)!


Selected tektite books currently in publication:

Heinen, G. 1998. Tektites, Witnesses of Cosmic Catastrophes. 'Imprimerie' Linden, Luxemburg. (also available on CD-ROM from the author. Available in English and German).

Kenkmann, T., Hörz, F. and Deutsch, A. (eds). 2005. Large Meteorite Impacts III. GSA Special Papers.

McCall, G. J. H. 2001. Tektites in the Geological Record. The Geological Society, London.

McCall, G. J. H., Bowden, A. J. and Howarth, R. J. (eds). 2006. The History of Meteoritics and Key Meteorite Collections. GSL Special Publication. (with a section on the history of tektites).  

McNamara, K. and Bevan, A. 1985 (2nd (revised) edition, 1991). Tektites. Western Australian Museum.

Povenmire, H. 2003. Tektites A Cosmic Enigma. Published by Florida Fireball Network.

De Michele, V. (ed.). 1997. 'Silica 96' - Proceedings of the meeting on the Libyan Desert Glass and related events. Special Publication of the Sahara Journal. pp. 158.


Also see The Meteorite Times, Tektite of the Month, January 2003.


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