[meteorite-list] Re: Meteorite-list Digest, Vol 26, Issue 30 (Schoner's theory)

From: Norm Lehrman <nlehrman_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon Feb 13 23:34:43 2006
Message-ID: <20060214043423.79973.qmail_at_web81003.mail.mud.yahoo.com>


Everything sounds fine till that last couple of
paragraphs where every other proposal also stumbles.
Just where is all this silicate material in our oceans
or atmosphere? I still see a mass balance problem.

I'm open for a good answer, but if you just described
it, I didn't understand.


--- Steve Schoner <schoner_at_mybluelight.com> wrote:

> My theory on tektite formation:
> Go back to the impacts of cometary material on
> Jupiter in July of 1994. I think in this there is a
> clear demonstration of how tektites are formed.
> There were huge plumes of plasma extending out into
> space, and large dark clouds of re-condensed dust
> from the impacts after-wards.
> Now, I remember seeing an abstract regarding those
> plumes put out by I think Dr. Shoemaker. In this
> abstract it was posited that the plasma cloud
> achieved temps at nearly a million or more, such
> that water molecules and all organic molecules were
> disrupted so that hydrogen separated from its oxygen
> bonds. Now, it was stated in this abstract that the
> hydrogen escaped out into space but the free oxygen
> remained and fell back with the remnants of the
> plasma plume. In other words, the hydrogen was
> "fractionated" from the oxygen and ejected away from
> the plume.
> Now consider this. Tektites are virtually free of
> water. The remaining cometary plasma was mostly
> vaporized silicates and oxygen, and both were in a
> environment with a paucity of hydrogen which had
> escaped out into space. The rock vapor latched onto
> free oxygen. The result would be a glass with very
> little if any water. And that would explain the
> huge dust clouds (<nano>micro-tektites)remaining.
> But I wonder if any large tektites condensed from
> those plasma plumes and fell into Jupiter's depths.
> No craters were produced, yet huge dust clouds
> floated in Jupiter's atmosphere for months.
> I ran this by Dr. Shoemaker sometime before his
> untimely death, and shortly later he was taken from
> us, thus I never got a response.
> Could such happen here on earth?
> Just imagine a huge cometary impact into our
> atmosphere. A complete disruption, with a plume of
> cometary plasma erupting out into space. Hydrogen
> fractionated from the plasma cloud, the remaining
> silicate material and oxygen re-combining to form a
> glass, and the glass then falling back to earth in
> some cases several thousands of miles form the
> impact point.
> No crater produced because the impact may have
> happened over the ocean, or simply because the comet
> disrupted in the air and never reached the ground.
> Steve Schoner
> #4470
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Received on Mon 13 Feb 2006 11:34:23 PM PST

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