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wolf creek meteorite   1.6 grams Wolf Creek Meteorite ( class Iron, IIIAB ) AUSTRALIA

wolf creek meteorite 1.6 grams Wolf Creek Meteorite ( class Iron, IIIAB ) AUSTRALIA

$12.00

It is accessed via the Tanami Road 150 km (93 mi) south of the town of Halls Creek. The crater is central to the Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater National Park.[3]

The crater averages about 875 metres (2,871 ft) in diameter, 60 metres (200 ft) from rim to present crater floor.[3] It is estimated that the meteorite that formed it was about 15 metres (49 ft) in diameter and had a mass of about 17,000 tonnes; the crater is estimated to be less than 120,000 years old, placing the event in the Pleistocene.[4] Small numbers of iron meteorites have been found in the vicinity of the crater, as well as larger so-called 'shale-balls', rounded objects made of iron oxide, some weighing as much as 250 kilograms (550 lb).[5]

It was brought to the attention of scientists after being spotted during an aerial survey in 1947, investigated on the ground two months later, and reported in publication in 1949.[6] The European name for the crater comes from a nearby creek, which was in turn named after Robert Wolfe (early reports misspell the name as Wolf Creek), a prospector and storekeeper during the gold rush that established the town of Halls Creek.[7]


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