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Crater Name
Diameter (km)
Age (Ma)*
Target Rock**
Bolide Type***
Democratic Republic of Congo
S 10° 10'
E 28° 00'
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DEM Image Provided by Dr. Ludovic Ferrière

TanDEM-X elevation model of Luizi
(provided by Manfred Gottwald,German Aerospace Center)

Ferrière, L., Lubala, F. R. T., Osinski, G. R. and Kaseti, P. K. 2011. The newly-confirmed Luizi impact structure, Democratic Republic of Congo – Insights into central uplift formation and post-impact erosion. Geology, 39(9), pp. 851-854.
Ferrière, L., Lubala, F. R. T., Osinski, G. R. and Kaseti, P. K. 2011. The Luizi structure (Democratic Republic of Congo) – First confirmed meteorite impact crater in Central Africa, Lunar and Planetary Science XXXXII, (abstract #1637).
Ferrière, L., Osinski, G. R. 2011. The new Luizi impact structure (Democratic Republic of Congo) and implications for central peak and peak ring formation, Lunar and Planetary Science XXXVIII, (abstract #1642).



* 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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