Ejecta Deposit

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-9213-9_648-1


Ejecta deposit is materials excavated from a crater cavity during impact or erupted from a volcanic vent.


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    Impact crater ejecta deposit: reworked and/or melted crustal materials that are transported beyond the rim of the transient cavity formed directly by the cratering flow field (Osinski et al. 2011) ( Ejecta (Impact)):
    1. (1.1)

      Mostly lithic: ejecta (radial ejecta, layered ejecta)

    2. (1.2)
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    Volcanic ejecta deposits:
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      Lithic and juvenile: pyroclastic deposits, tephra deposits (from plume fallout, Plume deposit (types))

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      Juvenile (from magma only): cinder cone (ballistic ejecta)

    3. (2.3)

      Juvenile, liquid: spatter cone (ballistic ejecta)

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Excavated/erupted material emplaced by ballistic, atmospheric, or aqueous sedimentation.


Rock and mineral fragments or melts. Impact ejecta is reworked crustal materials, while volcanic ejecta can contain both juvenile and lithic...


Flow Field Geographical Information Crustal Material Pyroclastic Deposit Cinder Cone 
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  1. Osinski GR, Tornabene LL, Grieve RAF (2011) Impact ejecta emplacement on terrestrial planets. Earth Planet Sci Lett 310:167–181CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Planetary Science Research GroupEötvös Loránd University, Institute of Geography and Earth SciencesBudapestHungary