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Sudden impact: Google unearths rare meteorite crater

Arthur Hickman's discovery on Google Earth of what is almost certainly a rare meteorite impact crater in remote Western Australia has earned him both bragging and naming rights.

Measuring 260 metres wide and up to 30 metres deep, the divot is thought to be between 10,000 and 100,000 years old and was stumbled upon in the rich, rust coloured landscape of the Hamersley Ranges in Western Australia's Pilbara region.

If confirmed, the Hickman Crater will become just the 30th officially-verified meteorite impact crater in Australia and the first such discovery since 2005.

According to the Earth Impact Database, a resource maintained by the Geological Survey of Canada and University of New Brunswick, only 173 such impact craters have been discovered in the world.

The find will likely deliver a lifetime of peer group kudos to Dr Hickman, a government geologist with the Geological Sur


Added: Mar-26-2008 
By: Interloper
Tags: google, unearths, rare, meteorite, crater, western australia
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