Meaning of shatter cone in English:

shatter cone


  • A fluted conical structure produced in rock by intense mechanical shock, such as that associated with meteoritic impact.

    ‘Subsequent work at the Flynn Creek and Wells Creek Basin structures in Tennessee proved that shatter cones from an impact were present there too.’
    • ‘At Sudbury, Ontario, shatter cones are frequently observed to lie on approximately planar surfaces.’
    • ‘In 1959 the first man-made shatter cone was produced during an underground nuclear explosion.’
    • ‘Ask your tour captain to show you the largest shatter cone found to date, in the world.’
    • ‘This mass of shatter cones was found at the Steinheim crater in Germany, a structure that's about 3.4 km in diameter and around 15 million years old.’