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by Paul Harris


Billitonite Tektite

Billitonites are found in old gravels and tin mines in several areas on Billiton Island.  These tektites were originally described as obsidian of Billiton by Van Dijk in 1879.  Many specimens are so deeply etched so that the remaining portions have a skeletal appearance.  This perfect specimen was recovered from one of the tin mines.

Name:  Billitonite 28.6 gm
Strewn Field:  The Australasian Strewn Field
Location Found:  Billiton Island
Age:  0.77-0.78 Ma {million years old}
Source Crater:  Not Known


The Australasian Strewn Field

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