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Crater Name
Diameter (km)
Age (Ma)*
Target Rock**
Bolide Type***
Missouri, U.S.A.
N 37° 54'
W 92° 43'
< 300


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Geology Superimposed on DEM (image created by Graham Nickerson,
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Geology Superimposed on DEM (image created by Graham Nickerson,
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Amstutz, G. C., Tectonic and petrographic observations on polygonal structures in Missouri. New York Academy of Sciences, Annals, v. 123, pp. 876-894. 1965.
Amstutz, G. C., Zimmerman, R. A., Decaturville sulfide breccia of south-central Missouri (abstract). Geological Society of America, Special Paper 87, p. 4. 1966.
Graves, H. B., The Precambrian structure of Missouri. St. Louis Academy of Science, Transactions, v. 29, pp. 111-161. 1938.
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Krishnaswamy, D. S., Amstutz, H. C., Geology of the Decaturville disturbance in Missouri (abstract). Geological Society of America, Bulletin, v. 71, p. 1910. 1960.
Masaitis, V. L., Danilin, A.N., Maschak, M.S., Raykhlin, A.I., Selivanovskaya, T.V. and Shadenkov,Ye.M., The Geology of Astroblemes (in Russian). Leningrad, Nedra, 231 p. 1980.
Nickerson, G.A.J., Spray, J.G., Mayer, L.A., Investigation of integrated geologic and geophysical data using GIS; Crooked Creek and Decaturville impact structures, Missouri. Atlantic Geology, vol.36, pp.67-68. 2001.
Offield, T. W., Pohn, H. A., Geology of the Decaturville impact structure, Missouri. U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1042, 48 p. 1979.
Offield, T. W., Pohn, H. A., Style and sequence of deformation at the Decaturville, Missouri impact structure (abstract). Meteoritics, v. 6, pp. 296-297. 1971.
Offield, T. W., Pohn, H.A. and Naeser,C.W., The character and origin of the Decaturville, Missouri cryptoecplosion structure (abstract). Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 2, p. 639. 1970.
Shcherban, O. N., A study of meteorite crater formation by comparing results of geological observations and numerical modelling on the computer (in Russian). Visnyk Akademiyi Nauk Ukrayinskoyi RSR, v. 3, pp. 11-19. 1983.
Snyder, F. G., Gerdemann, P. E., Explosive igneous activity along an Illinois-Missouri-Kansas axis. American Journal of Science, v. 263, pp. 465-493. 1965.
Tarr, W. A., The origin of the Decaturville dome in Camden County, Missouri (abstract). Missouri Academy of Sciences, Proceedings, v. 1, pp. 99-101. 1935.
Zimmerman, R. A., Amstutz, G. C., The polygonal structure at Decaturville, Missouri - new tectonic observations. Neues Jahrbuch fur Mineralogie Monatshefte, v. 9, pp. 288-307. 1965.
Zimmermann, R. A., Amstutz, G. C., The Decaturville sulfide breccia - a Cambro-Ordovician mud volcanoe. Chemie der Erde, v. 17, pp. 253-274. 1972.


* pre-1977 K-Ar, Ar-Ar and Rb-Sr ages recalculated using the decay constants of Steiger and Jager (1977) Ages in millions of years (Ma) before present.

** Abbreviations: C - Crystalline Target; C-Ms - Metasedimentary Target; M - Mixed Target (i.e.sedimentary strata overlying crystalline basement); S - sedimentary target (i.e. no crystalline rocks affected by the impact event). From Osinski. G. R., Spray J. G., and Grieve R. A. F. 2007. Impact melting in sedimentary target rocks: A synthesis. In The Sedimentary Record of Meteorite Impacts, Geological Society of America Special Paper. Editors: Evans K. Horton W., King D., Morrow J., and Warme J. Geological Society of America: Boulder, in press.

From Koeberl,C. Identification of meteoritic components in impactites. 1998, Koeberl, C. The Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry of Impacts. 2007 and PASSC Files. (IAB, IIIAB, IIIB, IIID - Iron Meteorite)



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