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Morokweng

Crater Name
Location
Latitude
Longitude
Diameter (km)
Age (Ma)*
Exposed
Drilled
Target Rock**
Bolide Type***
Morokweng
South Africa
S 26° 28'
E 23° 32'
70
145.0 ± 0.8
N
Y
C
Chondrite

 

MODIS

Image Provided by Dr. Carlos Roberto de Souza Filho

Image Provided by Dr. Carlos Roberto de Souza Filho

DEM image Provided by Dr. Carlos Roberto de Souza Filho

Interpreted geology of the Morokweng impact structure, with location of selected boreholes. I, outer limit of suevite, melt breccia; II, outer limit of brecciated and faulted basement
Map provided by the Morokweng Consortium

Simplified stratigraphy of boreholes drilled in the melt sheet.
Image provided by the Morokweng Consortium

Landsat 7 ETM+ (2000 data; spectral bands 7-4-2 (RGB), each band sharpened with a panchromatic band of 15x15 m resolution. Image provided by the Morokweng Consortium

MODIS – M: Morokweng; V: Vredefort
Image provided by the Morokweng Consortium

References
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Andreoli, M. A. G., Ashwal, L.D., Hart, R.J. and Tredoux,M., The charnockitic rocks of the sand-covered Morokweng impact structure, Southern Kalahari, South Africa: Evidence for a possible impact melt origin (abstract). Lunar and Planetary Science XXVII, pp. 29-30. 1996.
Andreoli, M. A. G., Ellis, S., Webb, S.J., Pettit, W., Haddon, J., Ashwal, L.D., Gabrielli, F., Raubenheimer,E.and L.Ainslie., The 145 Ma Morokweng impact, South Africa: an unusual ~ 90 km crater with associated multi-ring structures and Early Cretaceous mafic dykes. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, v 34, n 4, p 9. 1999.
Andreoli, M. A. G., Hart, R.J., Ashwal, L.D. and Tredoux,M., Nickel-and platinum-group-element-enriched quartz norite in the latest Jurassic Morokweng impact structure, South Africa (abstract). Large Meteorite Impacts and Planetary Evolution,. 1997.
Andreoli, M.A.G., Hart, R.J., Cooper, G.R.J., Stengel, I., Webb, S., Haddon, I., Skala, R. and Viola, G., Morokweng; >100 km & still growing, Geobulletin, v.51, no.1, pp.12-15. 2008.
Blenkinsop, T. G., Microstructures in Suevite from the Bosumtwi Impact, Ghana, Meteoritics; vol. 34, No. 4, Supp. p. A13. 1999.
Bootsman, C. S., Reimold, W.U. and Brandt,D., Evolution of the Molopo drainage and its possible disruption by the Morokweng impact event at the Jurrasic-Cretaceous boundary, Journal of African Earth Sciences, v. 29(4), pp. 669-678. 1999.
Cloete, M., Hart, R.J., Cloete, C.C., McDonald, I. andreoli,M.A.G., Inclusions from the Morokweng impact melt sheet, South Africa: Possible fragments of a Palaeometeorite, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, v. 36, No. 9, Supplement, p. A41. 2001.
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Corner, B., Reimold, W.U., Brandt, D. and Koeberl,C., Evidence for a major impact structure in the northwest province of South Africa - the Morokweng impact structure (abstract). Lunar and Planetary Science XXVII, pp. 257-258. 1996.
Corner, B., Reimold, W.U., Brandt, D. and Koeberl,C., Morokweng impact structure, Northwest Province, South Africa: geophysical imaging and shock petrographic studies. Earth and Planetary Science, v. 146, pp. 351-364. 1997.
Dutta, R. K., Sideras-Haddad, E. , Andreoli, M. A. G. , Hart, R. J. and Cloete, T., Proton microprobe characterization of a unique siderophile element mineral assemblage in the melt sheet of the giant 145 Ma Morokweng impact structure, Southern Kalahari, South Africa. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 181, P. 551 - 556. 2001.
Hart, R. J., Andreoli, M.A.G., Tredoux, M., Moser, D., Ashwal, L.D., Eide, E.A., Webb, S.J. and Brandt,D., Late Jurassic age for the Morokweng impact structure, southern Africa. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 147, pp. 25-35. 1997.
Hart, R. J., Cloete, M. , McDonald, I. , Carlson, R. W. and Andreoli, M. A. G., Siderophile-rich inclusions from the Morokweng impact melt sheet, South Africa: possible fragments of a chondritic meteorite. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 198, P. 49 - 62. 2002.
Henkel, H., Reimold, U. W., Koeberl,C., Magnetic and gravity model of the Morokweng impact structure, Journal of Applied Geophysics, v. 49, p. 129-147. 2002.
Jourdan, F., Andreoli, M.A.G., McDonald, I. and Maier, W.D., 40Ar/39Ar thermochronology of the fossil LL6-chondrite from the Morokweng crater, South Africa, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v.74, pp. 1734-1747. 2010.
Koeberl, C., Armstrong, R.A. and Reimold,W.U., Morokweng, South Africa: A large impact structure of Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary age. Geology, v. 25, pp. 731-734. 1997.
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Koeberl, C., Milkereit, B., Continental Drilling and the Study of Impact Craters and Processes - an ICDP Perspective, In: Continental Scientific Drilling (eds. Harms, U., Koeberl, C., and Zoback, M.D.), Springer, Heidelberg, p. 95-161. 2007.
Koeberl, C., Peucker-Erenbrink, B., Reimold, W.U., Shukolyukov, A., Lugmair,G.W., Comparison of the osmium and chromium isotopic methods for the detection of meteoritic components in impactites: Examples from the Morokweng and Vredefort impact structures, South Africa, Geological Society of America, Special Paper 356 p. 607 - 617. 2002.
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Koeberl, C., Reimold, W. U., Morokweng: Petrological and Geochemical Studies Comfirm Impact Origin of Large Proterozoic Structure in South Africa, GSA Abstracts with Programs, 1996, Session 40. P. 108. 1996.
Koeberl, C., Reimold, W. U., The large Jurrasic-Cretaceous boundary age Morokweng (South Africa) Impact Structure - The search for ejecta, GSA Salt Lake City '97, Annual-Meeting Abstracts. Abs. No. 50159. 1997.
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Maier, W.D., Andreoli, M.A.G., McDonald, I., Franchi, I. and Greenwood, R., Confirmed LL chondritic meteorite within the melt sheet of the giant Morokweng impact crater, South Africa, Abstracts-Geological Society of Australia, v.89, pp.168. 2008.
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McDonald, I., Andreoli, M.A.G, Hart, R.J. and Tredoux,M., Platinum-group elements in the Morokweng impact structure South Africa: Evidence for the impact of a large ordinary chondrite projectile at the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, vol. 65 (2), pp. 299-309. 2001.
Moynier, F., Koeberl, C, Quitte, G. and Telouk, P., A tungsten isotope approach to search for meteorite componenets in terrestrial impact rocks, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v.286, pp.35-40. 2009.
Pettit, W., Ellis, S. and M. A. G. Andreoli., A structural interpretation of the 145 Ma Morokweng impact structure based on processed potential field data. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, v 34, n 4, p 92. 1999.
Reimold, W. U., Armstrong, R. A., Koeberl., A deep drillcore from the Morokweng impact structure, South Africa: petrography, geochemistry, and constraints on the crater size. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 201 p. 221-232. 2002.
Reimold, W. U., Corner, B., Koeberl, C. and Brandt,D., The Morokweng structure in the northwest porvince of South Africa: Remnant of a large impact structure? (abstract). Meteoritics & Planetary Science, v. 31, p. A114. 1996.
Reimold, W. U., Corner, B., Koeberl, C. and Brandt,D., The Morokweng Structure in the Northwest Province of South Africa: Remnant of a large impact structure? 59th Annual Meteoritical Society Meeting Impact Craters and Ejecta II, METSOC (Meteoritical Society) '96. Pp. A114. 1996.
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Reimold, W. U., Koeberl, C., Petrography and Geochemical of a Deep Drill Core from the Edge of the Morokweng Impact Structure, South Africa, Impact Markers in the Stratigraphic Record p. 271 - 293. 2003.
Reimold, W. U., Koeberl, C., The Deep Borehole into the Morokweng Impact Structure, Meteoritics; vol. 34, No. 4, Supp. p. A97. 1999.
Shukolyukov, A., Lugmair, G.W., Koeberl, C. and Reimold,W.U., Chromium in the Morokweng impact melt: Isotopic evidence for extraterrestrial components and type of impactor, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, vol. 34, No. 4, Supplement, p. A107-108. 1999.

 

* 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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