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Flynn Creek

Crater Name
Diameter (km)
Age (Ma)*
Target Rock**
Bolide Type***
Flynn Creek
Tennessee, U.S.A.
N 36° 17'
W 85° 40'
360 ± 20


Topographic model

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Roddy, D. J., Current drilling and structural studies at the Flynn Creek impact crater, Tennessee (abstract). Lunar and Planetary Science X, pp. 1031-1032. 1979.
Roddy, D. J., Structural deformation at the Flynn Creek impact crater, Tennessee: A preliminary report on deep drilling. Proceedings Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 10th, pp. 2519-2534. 1979.
Roddy, D. J., Pre-impact conditions and cratering processes at the Flynn Creek crater, Tennessee. Roddy, D.J., Pepin, R.O. and Merrill, R.B., eds., Impact and Explosion Cratering, Pergamon Press, New York, pp. 277-308. 1977.
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Roddy, D. J., The Flynn Creek crater, Tennessee. French, B.M. and Short, N.M., eds., Shock Metamorphism of Natural Materials, Mono Book Corp., Baltimore, MD, pp. 291-322. 1968.
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* 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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