The Aubrey Whymark Collection

Australites: Part 2

I was recently lucky enough to acquire a well documented collection of tektites from Matt Kuchel in Australia. These tektites come from the dry salt lakes of Western Australia. I won't be disclosing the localities, but these will stay with the tektites. I am very impressed with the collection as it provides an excellent study set. Included are some minute specimens - only just bigger than microtektites. clearly the salt lakes, like the sea, favour preservation of tektites.

I've rather thrown this page together due to very limited time, but in future I hope to bring you some more detailed images of selected tektites from this fantastic collection.

In this final plate Matt was kind enough to throw in the row at the top - the smallest of these, a tiny sphere, is just bigger than a microtektite.

Many of these australites, particularly the smaller sized specimens, are remarkably well preserved. For some years I used to be a micropalaeontologist - it is remarkable how fragile-looking small objects can actually be incredibly resistant to erosion and breakage. It is my guess that the alkaline salt helped to preserve these tektites. Tektites found in areas where slightly acidic water gathers likely accounts for etched specimens found in some localised areas.

The photos above show the find locality of the tektites. Des Leong is already hosting the full set of photos, so whilst I am restricted with time I will simply place a link to the photo collection on his site. They are well worth seeing! Please click on either of the above two photos and then navigate to the photos by clicking on the Australites 1-6 links. Des also has some great photos of tektites from the Western Australian Museum.

I hope you enjoyed seeing this collection - none of these are for sale unfortunately. I want to keep them as a complete set and maybe one day they will end up in a museum collection. It is interesting to note that despite the number of tektites, here there are no complete buttons (unless you count the borderline small specmens, but these are generally more bowl-like).

If anyone has a 4-5 gram perfect button for sale (ideally with find details) I'll pay very good money for it!!