Meteorite crater

Meteorite crater

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Credit: BERNHARD EDMAIER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Meteorite crater. Aerial view of the Wolf Creek meteorite crater on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, Western Australia. The crater was formed when a meteorite weighing thousands of tonnes collided with the Earth between 1-2 million years ago, in the Pleistocene period. It exploded with the force of an atomic bomb, producing a crater with a diameter of 853 metres. The shape of the crater (a near perfect circle) is well preserved, as only very slow weathering processes occur in arid environments.

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Keywords: circle, circular, collision, environment, geography, geology, great sandy desert, impact, kimberley, meteorite crater, meteorite craters, pleistocene, rock, rounded, western australian, wolf creek

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