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Part of Hall of Meteorites.

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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)

Collection Information


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