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Coarser grained rocks tend to yield less well developed shatter cones, which may be difficult to distinguish from other geological formations such as [[slickensides]]. Geologists have various theories of what causes shatter cones to form, including compression by the wave as it passes through the rock or tension as the rocks rebound after the pressure subsides. The result is large and small branching fractures throughout the rocks.<ref name=French1998/><ref name=Sagy2004/><ref name=IFSG2005/>
 
Shatter cones can range in size from microscopic to several meters. The largest known shatter cone in the world (more than 10 metres in length) is located at the [[Slate Islands (Ontario)|Slate Islands]] in [http://www.terracebay.ca Terrace Bay], Ontario, Canada. The azimuths of the cones' axes typically radiate outwards from the point of impact, with the cones pointing upwards and toward the center of the impact crater, although the orientations of some of the rocks have been changed by post-cratering geological processes at the site.
 
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