• Exhibition Text

    • Hard Luck crater

      Although Odessa Crater is unimpressive, and almost completely filled in with sediments, local residents once hoped it might attract tourists. They planned to build an underground gallery to show off the giant meteorite that they believed lay buried deep beneath the crater. But after months of digging, workers found only small meteorite fragments and a fossil of a primitive horse. Researchers later realized the huge meteorite must have exploded on impact.


      LOCATION: Southwest of Odessa, Texas, USA

      AGE: 25,000 - 50,000 years

      DIAMETER: 168 meters (551 feet)

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  • Collection Information

    • ODESSA

      Found 1922 Ector County, Texas, USA


      AMNH 4464

  • For Educators

    • Topic: Earth Science

      Subtopic: Meteorites

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

      Audience: General