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Wolf Creek

Wolf Creek

  • Exhibition Text

    • Giant of the outback

      One of Earth's largest intact meteorite craters, Wolf Creek Crater was long known only to the Djaru Aborigines, who called it Kandimalal. Their legend describes a rainbow snake that emerged from the crater and formed a nearby creek as it slithered away. In 1947, oil company geologists spotted the stunning crater during an airplane survey of some of Australia's most remote desert.


      LOCATION: Western Australia, Australia

      AGE: ~ 300,000 years

      DIAMETER: 875 meters (0.5 mile)

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  • Collection Information


      Found 1947 South of Hall’s Creek, Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia


      AMNH 4260

  • For Educators

    • Topic: Earth Science

      Subtopic: Meteorites

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

      Audience: General

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