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All craters, great and small

All craters, great and small

  • Exhibition Text

    • Meteorites colliding with earth leave craters of many sizes, which often provide clues to how they formed.

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  • For Educators

    • Topic: Earth Science

      Subtopic: Meteorites

      Keywords: Meteorites, Astrophysics, Earth (Planet)--Surface, Astrogeology, Meteorite craters, Collisions (Astrophysics)

      Audience: General

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Wolf Creek

One of Earth's largest intact meteorite craters, Wolf Creek Crater was long known only to the Djaru Aborigines, who called it Kandimalal.

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This fragment is a tiny piece of Hoba, the largest intact meteorite ever found on Earth.

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Shatter cone

This rock sample, found at Wells Creek Crater, is called a shatter cone. 

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Although Odessa Crater is unimpressive, and almost completely filled in with sediments, local residents once hoped it might attract tourists.

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