A database of the world occurrences of shatter cones

Shatter cones are the only macroscopic criteria for the recognition of impact structures. They are  exclusively associated with impact structures and produced following the passage of strong shock waves. However, these objets remain enigmatic and their formation is not understood. This website presents a comprehensive survey of the worldwide occurrence of shatter cones and also presents an up-to-date survey of the literature on this topic (back to the seminal publication of Branco and Fraas in 1905 who was the first to describe shatter cones at the Steinheim Basin).

The website has been made available at the occasion of the special issue « Shatter Cones: Nature and Genesis » published in Meteoretical & Planetary Science in 2016. The database and the following list of articles promise an important step forward, and a renewed effort to resolve the enigmatic origin of these important features.

Baratoux D., Reimold W.U. The current state of knowledge about shatter cone genesis: Introduction to the Special issue. Meteoritics & Planetary Science,  51(8), 1389–1434 doi:10.1111/maps.12678.

Chennaoui-Aoudjehane H., El Kerni H., Reimold, U.W., Baratoux D. Koeberl C, Bouley S., Aoudjehane M. The Agoudal (High Atlas Mountains, Morocco) shatter cone conundrum: a recent meteorite fall onto a remnant of an impact site. Meteoritics & Planetary Science,  51(8), 1497–1518. doi:10.1111/maps.12661.

Baratoux D. Bouley S., Reimold W.U., Baratoux L. Morphometric Analysis and Classification of the three-dimensional geometry of shatter cone. Meteoritics & Planetary Science,  51(8), 1460–1476. doi:10.1111/maps.12610.

Wilk J., Kenkmann T. Formation of shatter cones in MEMIN impact experiments. Meteortics & Planetary Science,  51(8), 1477–1496. doi:10.1111/maps.12682.

Kenkmann T., Hergarten S., Kuhn T., Wilk J. Formation of shatter cones by symmetric crack bifurcation: phenomenological modeling and validation. Meteoritics & Planetary Science,  51(8), 1519–1533. doi:10.1111/maps.12677.

Hash M., Reimold U.W., Raschke U., Zaag P. Shatter cones at the Keurusselkä impact structure and their relation to local jointing. Meteoritics & Planeary Science,  51(8), 1534–1552. doi:10.1111/maps.12676.

Zaag P., Reimold U.R. Micro-Computed Tomography and Shock Microdeformation Studies on Shatter Cones. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 51(8), 1435–1459. doi:10.1111/maps.12673.

The website and database is maintained by David Baratoux.
Laboratoire Geosciences Environnement Toulouse.
Contact: david.baratoux@ird.fr