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Crater Name
Diameter (km)
Age (Ma)*
Target Rock**
Bolide Type***
Western Australia
S 16° 44'
E 126° 5'
> 570


Aerial photo - submitted by Andrew Glikson

Aerial Photograph

DEM image Provided by Dr. Carlos Roberto de Souza Filho

Image Provided by Dr. Carlos Roberto de Souza Filho

Image Provided by Dr. Carlos Roberto de Souza Filho

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Harms, J. E., Milton, D.J., Ferguson, J., Gilbert, D.J., Harris, W.K. and Goleby,B., Goat Paddock cryptoexplosion crater, Western Australia. Nature, v. 286, pp. 704-706. 1980.
Hörz, F., Ejecta of the Ries crater, Germany. The Geological Society of America Special Paper 190, pp. 39-55. 1982.
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Roddy, D. J., Shoemaker, E.M., Shoemaker, C.S. and Roddy,J.K., Aerial photography and geologic studies of impact structures in Australia (abstract). Lunar and Planetary Science XIX, pp. 990-991. 1988.
Shoemaker, E. M., Shoemaker, C. S., The Proterozoic impact record of Australia. AGSO Journal of Australian Geology & Geophysics, v. 16, pp. 379-398. 1996.
Shoemaker, E. M., Shoemaker, C. S., Proterozoic impact record of Australia (abstract). Abstracts of the International Workshop on Meteorite Impact on the Early Earth, Perth, Australia, pp. 47-48. 1990.
Shoemaker, E. M., Shoemaker, C. S., Impact structures of Australia (1987) (abstract). Lunar and Planetary Science XIX, pp. 1079-1080. 1988.
Shoemaker, E. M., Shoemaker, C. S., Impact structures of Western Australia. Meteoritics, v. 20, pp. 754-756. 1985.


* 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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