New contributions Chiemgau meteorite impact

Yushkin Readings 2020 Syktyvkar (Russia)

Four new Proceedings contributions – three of them directly related to the Chiemgau impact.

The May conference “Yushkin Readings 2020 – Modern Problems of Theoretical, Experimental, and Applied Mineralogy” has been postponed for the time being to 7-10 December 2020 due to the pandemic. In anticipation of this, the 407-page conference proceedings of all papers accepted for presentation have now been printed and published on the Internet. The four papers submitted by the CIRT together with co-authors from ZEISS (Dr. Hiltl), Oxford Instruments (Dr. Bauer) and the Russian Academy of Sciences (Dr. Shumilova) are included.

Here the contributions are provided as a closed sequence in a PDF document for download.

Titles and authors:

An eight kilogram chunk and more: evidence for a new class of iron silicide meteorites from the Chiemgau impact strewn field (SE Germany)  F. Bauer, M. Hiltl, M. A. Rappenglück, K. Ernstson

Evidence of meteorite impact-induced thermal shock in quartz  K. Ernstson

Chiemite — a high PT carbon impactite from shock coalification/carbonization of impact target vegetation  K. Ernstson, T. G. Shumilova

Artifact-in-impactite: a new kind of impact rock. Evidence from the Chiemgau meteorite impact in southeast Germany  B. Rappenglück, M. Hiltl, K. Ernstson


11th Planetary Crater Consortium Meeting

11th Planetary Crater Consortium 2020 (LPI Contrib. No. 2251)

Abstract 2019.pdf

K. Ernstson and J. Poßekel

The Digital Terrain Model (DTM) of craters in the Chiemgau meteorite impact strewn field with extreme topographic resolution excludes anthropogenic and glacial origin in principle and provides insight into unusual formation processes.


11th Planetary Crater Consortium 2020 (LPI Contrib. No. 2251)

Abstract 2040.pdf

J. Poßekel and K. Ernstson

High resolution ground penetrating radar (GPR) measurements over craters of the Holocene Chiemgau impact meteorite crater strewn field reveal instructive images of complex structures and chronological sequences during excavation.

Virtual Impact Museum Grabenstätt

Virtual Impact Museum Grabenstätt

Due to the virus pandemic, the annual International Museum Day in May has been cancelled. The Impact Museum in Grabenstätt at Lake Chiemsee has taken part in this attractive event in previous years and has planned to do so again this year. The organizer of the Museum Day, the Deutsche Museumsbund e.V., had the idea of encouraging interested museums to take part in a virtual museum for visitors, and this prompted the sponsors of the Grabenstätt Museum to actually set up such a virtual museum, which was also brought up to the very latest state of scientific research and knowledge.

Practically all texts and inscriptions are in German, but we think that a large part of the contributions are self explaining or become more or less understandable with computer translation aids.

LPSC 2020 – Poster and Abstract: Chiemgau impact – interesting news

Although the 51st Lunar & Planetary Science Conference (LPSC)  has been cancelled for this year because of the virus, accepted contributions (abstracts and posters) will be treated as usual as registered, citable publications with archiving at LPI and NASA.

Poster Chiemgau Impact LPSC 2020 Impact airburst

This year there is an interesting CIRT contribution on new findings related to the Chiemgau impact event.


Kord Ernstson , Jens Poßekel , Michael A. Rappenglück

Poster (in high pdf resolution) and abstract can be downloaded here.




Chiemite: coke of the last few doubters at the Chiemgau impact

  chiemite = "coke" of Robert Huber and Robert DargaSEM image of chiemite, the “coke” of Robert Darga and Robert Huber, containing diamond and carbines.

At this year’s meeting of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) in Vienna in April, Dr. Robert Huber (marine geologist at Marum, Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen) and Dr. Robert Darga (ice age geologist, director of the Mammut Museum in Siegsdorf, Chiemgau, Oberbayern) once again took an all-out blow against the Chiemgau impact, which is now generally recognized (despite all the Wikipedia twists and manipulations).
Obviously they succeeded in persuading some other scientists to present a joint poster, on which their crude ideas were presented: “If You Wish Upon A Star. Chiemite: An Anthropocene Pseudo-Impactite”  The three coauthors of the poster are from Australia (Mineral Resources, CSIRO, Federal Agency for the improvement of the economic and social performance of industry).

We leave it at the short note that the chiemite, which is described in international, renowned peer-reviewed publication organs as high pressure/high temperature impactite with the contents of diamond and carbines (T = 2500 – 4000 K, P = several GPa), is of terrestrial origin and has originated from a spontaneous shock carbonization of the vegetation (wood, peat) of the Chiemgau impact area. The published methods of the chiemite investigation were: optical and atomic force microscopy, X‐ray fluorescence spectroscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, high‐resolution Raman spectroscopy, X‐ray diffraction and differential thermal analysis, as well as by δ13C and 14C radiocarbon isotopic data analysis.

Scientifically the poster presentation of these impact critics, in which not a single reference is brought to the Chiemgau impact and not a single reference to the chiemite (see e.g. Chiemgau impact: new comprehensive article on the chiemite impactite, Shumilova, T.G. et al. (2018)) is absolutely worthless, far from any scientific seriousness, and should cause mockery at most in a respectable science scene. One wonders why such a pamphlet could be shown at all on the conference.

Chiemgau impact: LPSC 2019 poster already online

Trigonal and cubic Fe2Si polymorphs (hapkeite) in the eight kilograms find of natural iron silicide from Grabenstätt (Chiemgau, Southeast Germany

Frank Bauer, Michael Hiltl, Michael A. Rappenglück, Kord Ernstson

LPSC 2019 eight kilogram iron silicide hapkeite Chiemgau Impact


Metallic Artifact Remnants in a Shock-Metamorphosed Impact Breccia: an Extended View of the Archeological Excavation at Stöttham (Chiemgau, SE-Germany)

Barbara Rappenglück, Michael Hiltl, Kord Ernstson

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Anatomy of Young Meteorite Craters in a Soft Target (Chiemgau Impact Strewn Field, SE Germany) from Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Measurements

Jens Poßekel, Kord Ernstson

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Chiemgau impact: new comprehensive article on the chiemite impactite

Keywords astrobiology  diamond  carbyne  coalification  carbonization  meteorite impact  chiemite

Unusual carbonaceous matter, termed here chiemite, composed of more than 90% C from the Alpine Foreland at Lake Chiemsee in Bavaria, southeastern Germany has been investigated using optical and atomic force microscopy, X‐ray fluorescence spectroscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, high‐resolution Raman spectroscopy, X‐ray diffraction and differential thermal analysis, as well as by δ13C and 14C radiocarbon isotopic data analysis. In the pumice‐like fragments, poorly ordered carbon matter co‐exists with high‐ordering monocrystalline α‐carbyne, and contains submicrometer‐sized inclusions of complex composition. Diamond and carbyne add to the peculiar mix of matter. The required very high temperatures and pressures for carbyne formation point to a shock event probably from the recently proposed Holocene Chiemgau meteorite impact. The carbon material is suggested to have largely formed from heavily shocked coal, vegetation like wood, and peat from the impact target area. The carbonization/coalification high PT process may be attributed to a strong shock that instantaneously caused the complete evaporation and loss of volatile matter and water, which nevertheless preserved the original cellular structure seen fossilized in many fragments. Relatively fresh wood encapsulated in the purported strongly shocked matter point to quenched carbon melt components possibly important for the discussion of survival of organic matter in meteorite impacts, implying an astrobiological relationship.

The Chiemgau impact – don’t believe in Wikipedia!

The Chiemgau impact – don’t believe in Wikipedia!

The Wikipedia page “Chiemgau impact hypothesis” is still manipulating science and defaming scientific research for the worst, when the visitor reads in a few sentences that the impact hypothesis is obsolete.

For some years now we have been trying to protest against this misleading of Wikipedia readers and the scientific community – in vain. Corrections we made with a host of documented quotations were deleted at once – apparently with the tolerance or even the forcing of the administrator. The initiators of this manipulation, partly close to an insult, are largely known to us as totally unrelated to the scientific research subject, which does not change the situation.

For Wikipedia, this is not a glorious fact; the claim to encyclopedic honesty and correctness is not fulfilled in this case.

Comprehensive and consistent information:

The visitor and reader of this website is requested to use honest, scientifically correct and according to strict scientific rules oriented information of this website about the Chiemgau impact.. A compilation of the scientific findings, published internationally at renowned congresses and in peer-review journals, proves the existence of what is probably the largest terrestrial meteorite crater strewn field, which is also widely accepted internationally.

Papers on the Chiemgau impact research in international journals and as contributions to international conferences

Rappenglück, M.A., Rappenglück, B., Ernstson, K. (2018):Cosmic collision in prehistory. The Chiemgau Impact: research in a Bavarian meteorite crater strewn field.- Zeitschrift für Anomalistik, 17 (2017), S. 235–260 (in German). Abstract

Ernstson, K. & Poßekel, J. (2017): Meteorite Impact “Earthquake” Features (Rock Liquefaction, Surface Wave Deformations, Seismites) from Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and Geoelectric Complex Resistivity/Induced Polarization (IP) Measurements, Chiemgau (Alpine Foreland, Southeast Germany). AGU Fall Meeting, 11-15 Dec. 2017 New Orleans. Abstract Poster

Procházka V. Trojek T. (2017): XRF- and EMP- Investigation of Glass Coatings and Melted Domains of Pebbles from Craters in Chiemgau, Germany. Lunar an Planetary Science Conference XLVIII. Abstract #2401.pdf.


V. Procházka, G. Kletetschka (2016): Evidence for superaparamagnetic nanoparticles in limestones from Chiemgau crater field, SE Germany. 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 2763.pdf

M. A. Rappenglück, F. Bauer, K. Ernstson, M. Hiltl (2014): Meteorite impact on a micrometer scale: iron silicide, carbide and CAI minerals from the Chiemgau impact event (Germany). – Problems and perspectives of modern mineralogy (Yushkin Memorial Seminar–2014) Proceedings of mineralogical seminar, Syktyvkar, Komi Republic, Russia 19–22 May 2014. Abstract POSTER

Ernstson, K., Hilt, M., Neumair, A. (2014): Microtektite-Like Glasses from the Northern Calcareous Alps (Southeast Germany): Evidence of a Proximal Impact Ejecta . – 45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference,. LPI Contribution No. 1777, #1200.pdf.

Rappenglück, M.A., Bauer, F. Hiltl, M., Neumair, A., K. Ernstson, K. (2013): Calcium-Aluminium-rich Inclusions (CAIs) in iron silicide matter (Xifengite, Gupeiite, Hapkeite): evidence of a cosmic origin – 76th Annual Meteoritical Society Meeting, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, Volume 48, Issue s1, Abstract #5055. POSTER

Bauer, F. Hiltl, M., Rappenglück, M.A., Neumair, A., K. Ernstson, K. (2013): Fe2Si (Hapkeite) from the subsoil in the alpine foreland (Southeast Germany): is it associated with an impact? – 76th Annual Meteoritical Society Meeting, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, Volume 48, Issue s1, Abstract #5056. POSTER

Neumair, A., Ernstson, K. (2013): Peculiar Holocene soil layers: evidence of possible distal ejecta deposits in the Chiemgau region, Southeast Germany – 76th Annual Meteoritical Society Meeting, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, Volume 48, Issue s1, Abstract  #5057. POSTER

Ernstson, K., Müller, W., Neumair, A. (2013): The proposed Nalbach (Saarland, Germany) impact site: is it a companion to the Chiemgau (Southeast Bavaria, Germany) impact strewn field? – 76th Annual Meteoritical Society Meeting, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, Volume 48, Issue s1, POSTER  Abstract #5058.

K. Ernstson, T. G. Shumilova, S. I. Isaenko, A. Neumair, M. A. Rappenglück (2013): From biomass to glassy carbon and carbynes: evidence of possible meteorite impact shock coalification and carbonization. – Modern problems of theoretical, experimental and applied mineralogy (Yushkin Memorial Seminar–2013): Proceedings of mineralogical seminar, Syktyvkar: IG Komi SC UB RAS, 2013. 546 p POSTER

S. Isaenko, T. Shumilova, K. Ernstson, S. Shevchuk, A. Neumair, and M. Rappenglück (2012): Carbynes and DLC in naturally occurring carbon matter from the Alpine Foreland, South-East Germany: Evidence of a probable new impactite. – European Mineralogical Conference, Vol. 1, EMC2012-217, 2012., POSTER

B. RAPPENGLÜCK, K. ERNSTSON, I. LIRITZIS, W. MAYER, A. NEUMAIR, M. RAPPENGLÜCK and D. SUDHAUS (2012): A prehistoric meteorite impact in Southeast Bavaria (Germany): tracing its cultural implications. – 34th International Geological Congress, 5-10 August 2012 – Brisbane, Australien. Abstract

Shumilova, T. G.,  Isaenko S. I.,   Makeev B. A.,   Ernstson K.,   Neumair A.,  Rappenglück M. A. (2012): Enigmatic Poorly Structured Carbon Substances from the Alpine Foreland, Southeast Germany:  Evidence of a Cosmic Relation. 43nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 1430.pdf. Abstract.

Ernstson, K. & Neumair, A. (2011), Geoelectric Complex Resistivity Measurements of Soil Liquefaction Features in Quaternary Sediments of the Alpine Foreland, Germany, Abstract NS23A-1555 presented at 2011 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 5-9 Dec. POSTER  Abstract

Neumair, A. & Ernstson, K. (2011), Geomagnetic and morphological signature of small crateriform structures in the Alpine Foreland, Southeast Germany, Abstract GP11A-1023 presented at 2011 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 5-9 Dec. POSTER  Abstract

M. Hiltl, F. Bauer, K. Ernstson, W. Mayer, A. Neumair, and M.A. Rappenglück (2011): SEM and TEM analyses of minerals xifengite, gupeiite, Fe2Si (hapkeite?), titanium carbide (TiC) and cubic moissanite (SiC) from the subsoil in the Alpine Foreland: Are they cosmochemical? – 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (2011), 1391.pdf Abstract

K. Ernstson, C. Sideris, I. Liritzis, A. Neumair (2012): THE CHIEMGAU METEORITE IMPACT SIGNATURE OF THE STÖTTHAM ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE (SOUTHEAST GERMANY). – Mediterranean Archaeology ans Archäometry, 12, 249-259.

Ernstson, K., Mayer W., Neumair, A., and Sudhaus, D. (2011): The sinkhole enigma in the alpine foreland, Southeast Germany: Evidence of impact-induced rock liquefaction processes. – Cent. Eur. J. Geosci., 3(4), 385-397.  DOI: 10.2478/s13533-011-0038-y

Liritzis, N. Zacharias, G.S. Polymeris, G. Kitis, K. Ernstson, D. Sudhaus, A. Neumair, W. Mayer, M.A. Rappenglück, B. Rappenglück (2010): THE CHIEMGAU METEORITE IMPACT AND TSUNAMI EVENT (SOUTHEAST GERMANY): FIRST OSL DATING. – Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry, Vol. 10, No. 4, pp. 17‐33.

Barbara Rappenglück, Michael A. Rappenglück, Kord Ernstson, Werner Mayer, Andreas Neumair, Dirk Sudhaus & Ioannis Liritzis (2010): The fall of Phaethon: a Greco-Roman geomyth preserves the memory of a meteorite impact in Bavaria (south-east Germany). – Antiquity, 84, 428-439.

Ernstson, K., Mayer, W., Neumair, A., Rappenglück, B., Rappenglück, M.A., Sudhaus, D. and Zeller, K.W. (2010): The Chiemgau crater strewn field: evidence of a Holocene large impact in southeast Bavaria, Germany. – Journal of Siberian Federal University, Engineering & Technology, 1 (2010 3) 72-103.

Rappenglück, B., Ernstson, K., Mayer, W., Neumair, A. Rappenglück, M.A., Sudhaus, D., and Zeller, K.W. (2009):: The Chiemgau impact: An extraordinary case study for the question of Holocene meteorite impacts and their cultural implications. – In: Belmonte, J. A. (ed.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Archaeoastronomy, SEAC 16th 2008 “Cosmology across Cultures. Impact of the Study of the Universe in Human Thinking”, Granada September 8-12, 2008, A.S.P. Conf. Ser., 2009.

Barbara and Michael Rappenglück (2006): Does the myth of Phaethon reflect an impact? – Revising the fall of Phaethon and considering a possible relation to the Chiemgau Impact. – Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry, Proceedings of the International Conference on Archaeoastronomy, SEAC 14th 2006, „Ancient watching of cosmic space and observation of astronomical phenomena“, Vol. 6, No. 3 (2006), 101-109.

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Chiemgau impact – pink quartz

Pink quartz – a new, meteorite impact-related origin? Part 1: Observations and first hypothesis of formation PDF DOWNLOAD

Kord Ernstson* (2018)


Pink quartz, not to be confused with rose quartz, is an extremely rare color variety, which is completely transparent and is only known from a few occurrences worldwide. It is believed that the pink color is due to small amounts of aluminum and phosphorus that substitute silicon, and exposure of the quartz to natural gamma radiation. Sands with a dominating proportion of pink quartz excavated from the soil and extracted from a breccia layer in the crater strewn field of the Chiemgau meteorite impact suggest that normally colorless quartz sand was irradiated during the impact event and may possibly be found at other impact sites.

Key words: Pink and rose quartz, Chiemgau meteorite impact, neutron-gamma radiation

*Faculty of Philosophy I, University of Würzburg, Germany,


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