Skip to main content

Chert from Jebel Waqf as Suwwan meteoritic impact structure

Buy Article:

$39.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)


A complex, impact structure was recently discovered at Jebel Waqf as Suwwan, in the central part of the eastern region of Jordan. Shatter cones and cataclasis of sandstone and limestone from the outer side of the inner central uplift area confirm the impact origin of the Waqf as Suwwan structure. Cataclased and deformed chert fragments, nodules and concretions from the surface regolith layer of the outer inner ring were investigated. The microstructures of the collected samples were investigated using XRD (X-ray diffraction), XRF (X-ray Fluorescence) and ESM-EDX (energy Dispersive X-ray analysis) techniques. Brecciation, dislocation, recrystallization processes, and subplanar jointing and fractures of the chert are among the most important aspects. Additionally, feather features are common planar microstructures in the quartzite breccia. Some of the observations have previously been interpreted as sedimentary features, but since Waqf as Suwwan represents a confirmed impact structure, it is debatable as to whether some of the observed deformation effects are the result of the impact event.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2012-09-01

More about this publication?
  • Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie continuously publishes current original contributions from all fields of geology, ever since its foundation in 1807. All published contributions are in the English language.
  • Editorial Board
  • Information for Authors
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
  • Access Key
  • Free ContentFree content
  • Partial Free ContentPartial Free content
  • New ContentNew content
  • Open Access ContentOpen access content
  • Partial Open Access ContentPartial Open access content
  • Subscribed ContentSubscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed ContentPartial Subscribed content
  • Free Trial ContentFree trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more