Lake Toba, Sumatra, and the Origin of Tektites

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KAYSING suggested recently1 that Lake Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia, was a possible source area for the Australian group of tektites. This suggestion was based on extrapolation from the observation of McColl and Williams2 that the “majority of australite localities in south central Australia are concentrated along a line extending northwestwards …. A second subparallel line may exist in the west of South Australia, separated from the main line by an extensive tract of australite-deficient country”. They consider that these lines represent primary distribution patterns, and Kaysing1 suggests that suitable assumptions about ejection angles and allowance for the Earth's rotation “brings the intersection of the infall lines to Lake Toba”.

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TAYLOR, S. Lake Toba, Sumatra, and the Origin of Tektites. Nature 227, 1125 (1970) doi:10.1038/2271125a0

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