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Wolf Creek

Part of Hall of Meteorites.

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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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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