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Henbury Craters and Meteorites

Their Discovery, History and Study

  • Svend Buhl
  • Don McColl

Part of the GeoGuide book series (GEO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-13
  2. Svend Buhl, Don McColl
    Pages 14-19
  3. Svend Buhl, Don McColl
    Pages 20-25
  4. Svend Buhl, Don McColl
    Pages 26-41
  5. Svend Buhl, Don McColl
    Pages 42-53
  6. Svend Buhl, Don McColl
    Pages 54-63
  7. Svend Buhl, Don McColl
    Pages 64-75
  8. Svend Buhl, Don McColl
    Pages 76-81
  9. Svend Buhl, Don McColl
    Pages 82-89
  10. Svend Buhl, Don McColl
    Pages 90-97
  11. Svend Buhl, Don McColl
    Pages 98-103
  12. Svend Buhl, Don McColl
    Pages 104-115
  13. Svend Buhl, Don McColl
    Pages 116-119
  14. Svend Buhl, Don McColl
    Pages 120-125
  15. Svend Buhl, Don McColl
    Pages 126-133
  16. Svend Buhl, Don McColl
    Pages 134-141
  17. Svend Buhl, Don McColl
    Pages 142-151
  18. Svend Buhl, Don McColl
    Pages 152-153
  19. Svend Buhl, Don McColl
    Pages 154-159
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 160-173

About this book

Introduction

In 1931, the cluster of craters at Henbury Cattle Station south of Alice Springs in Central Australia was one of the first places on Earth where a group of impact structures could definitely be linked to the fall of iron meteorites. It was also the first place where radial rays and loops of ejected rock material, comparable to those seen around craters on the Moon, were observed. As such it was one of the primary observation sites associated with the science of meteoritics in its infancy. In this work the authors present previously unpublished documents covering early research at the Henbury site, provide an extended data set on the distribution of meteoritic material at Henbury craters, and compare recent discoveries on the mechanics of hypervelocity impacts with evidence collected over 80 years of research at the Henbury meteorite craters. In their conclusion, the authors suggest a new hypothesis for the fragmentation and incident direction of the crater-forming bolide, on the basis of a more complete set of data compared with previous models.

Keywords

Australian History Evidence Meteor Strikes Henbury Hypervelocity Impact Impact Craters

Authors and affiliations

  • Svend Buhl
    • 1
  • Don McColl
    • 2
  1. 1.Meteorite ReconHamburgGermany
  2. 2.GlensideAustralia

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