2020-05-10

Wolfe Creek Crater, Australia

Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater - Is the second largest meteorite crater in the world after the famous Barringer Crater in Arizona, which is located in a protected area in Western Australia. The crater is central to the Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater National Park.


Wolfe Creek Crater, Australia


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Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater - The second largest meteorite crater in the world, Australia

Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater was discovered only in 1947 when aerial photographs of the Earth were carried out. Aboriginal people living nearby managed to find out what they had known for a long time and its existence, they consider this place sacred, and they have a legend about its appearance. According to, a snake emerged from this crater, which is one of the patrons of the world.

Wolfe Creek Crater is about 875 meters in diameter, with a flat bottom approximately 55 meters below the rim of the crater and 25 meters below the sandy plain outside the crater and had a mass of about 17,000 tonnes; the crater is estimated to be less than 120,000 years old. In the center of the crater, the ground rises slightly. Surprisingly large trees grow here, which draw moisture from the crater's water reserves that accumulate after summer rains. It is the second largest after the Arizona crater in the United States.

The name of the crater is literally interpreted from the legends of the natives as "the stone of a flying sunny day." It arose about three hundred years ago as a result of a meteorite fall. The depth of the crater was originally about 120 meters, over time, due to natural influences, such as the wind that blows the sand nozzle of the crater, its depth decreased to about 50 - 60 meters. But, nevertheless, due to the dry climate, the crater is very well preserved. At the moment, the earth in the crater is very deformed, and has a very unusual composition of various rocks and is filled with various space debris. The western slope of Wolfe Creek is littered with meteorite fragments. And near the crater itself, there are still finds of fragments of an iron meteorite.

The crater, like the park, is located in Western Australia, near the border of the Great Sandy Tanami Desert. In order to get closer to the crater, visitors need to climb to a high limit, and then go down to 50 meters. The territory of the park is equipped by the administration, there are many wonderful places for a picnic, barbecue, simple get-togethers and leisurely walks.

Wolfe Creek Crater, Australia
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Wolfe Creek Crater, Australia
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Wolfe Creek Crater, Australia
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Wolfe Creek Crater, Australia
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Wolfe Creek Crater, Australia
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Wolfe Creek Crater, Australia
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Wolfe Creek Crater, Australia
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Wolfe Creek Crater, Australia


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