Fifteen. Projectile Identification in Terrestrial Impact Structures and Ejecta Material

  1. Gordon R. Osinski4 and
  2. Elisabetta Pierazzo5
  1. Steven Goderis1,2,
  2. François Paquay3 and
  3. Philippe Claeys1

Published Online: 25 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118447307.ch15

Impact Cratering: Processes and Products

Impact Cratering: Processes and Products

How to Cite

Goderis, S., Paquay, F. and Claeys, P. (2012) Projectile Identification in Terrestrial Impact Structures and Ejecta Material, in Impact Cratering: Processes and Products (eds G. R. Osinski and E. Pierazzo), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118447307.ch15

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Departments of Earth Sciences/Physics and Astronomy, Western University, 1151 Richmond Street, London, ON, N6A 5B7, Canada

  2. 5

    Planetary Science Institute, 1700 E. Fort Lowell Road, Suite 106, Tucson, AZ 85719, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Earth System Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, BE-1050 Brussels, Belgium

  2. 2

    Department of Analytical Chemistry, Universiteit Gent, Krijgslaan 281 – S12, BE-9000 Ghent, Belgium

  3. 3

    Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 30 NOV 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405198295

Online ISBN: 9781118447307



  • projectile identification in terrestrial impact;
  • methodology, systematic application of siderophile, Os/Cr isotope;
  • extraterrestrial materials, terrestrial crustal and isotope proportions;
  • meteorites, enrichments in moderately/strongly siderophile;
  • projectile identification at impact craters, and ejecta layers;
  • impactor fragment identification, moderately siderophile and HSEs;
  • PGE metals Ru/Rh/Pd/Os/Ir/Pt, PGE shift towards ICP-MS;
  • projectiles of Morokweng, Popigai and Lappajärvi impact structures;
  • Re–Os isotope, multi-tracer, Cr isotope, signature and high-precision;
  • terrestrial and lunar projectile, on nature/frequency of projectiles


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Current situation: projectile identification at impact craters and ejecta layers

  • Methodology

  • Review of identified projectiles

  • Concluding remarks

  • References