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  Wolfe Creek Crater
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Added in: december 2013
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Geology site description:

Wolfe Creek Crater was formed by a meteorite impact. The crater has a diameter of 875 meters and is 60 meters deep. Researchers estimate the mass of the meteorite at 50,000 tons. The age of the crater is younger than 300,000 years old, during the Pleistocene era. The crater is relatively well preserved and has little damaged by erosion due to the desert climate. The size of Wolfe Creek Crater at the worlds second place after the Barringer Crater in Arizona (USA).

The area around the crater is part of the Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater National Park. The crater was discovered in 1947 from the air. In the local Aboriginal language the crater is called Kandimalal.


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Wolfe Creek crater is located in Western Australia, about 100 kilometers south of Halls Creek. The site is accessible from Halls Creek via the Tanami Road.

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