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Impact Breccia

Impact Breccia

Impact Breccia

Impact Breccia

These jumbles of glass and crushed rock are impact breccias. The dark, flattened and twisted fragments in the Ries breccia slab are pieces of impact glass. In samples from older craters such as Gosses Bluff, similar glass pieces have weathered to clay.

Lunar Regolith Breccia 15459

Lunar Regolith Breccia 15459

This regolith breccia includes fragments of dark mare basalt from a lava-filled basin and lighter anorthosite from the highlands. Collected by Apollo 15.

Polymict Breccia 67915

Polymict Breccia 67915

Generations of impacts shattered and melted the Moon's crust, welding together new rocks called breccias. In this sample, even the small fragments are composed of still smaller bits of rock. Collected by Apollo 16.


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