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Goat paddock cryptoexplosion crater, Western Australia

January 1, 1980

Goat Paddock, a crater slightly over 5 km in diameter (18??20??? S, 126??40???E), lies at the north edge of the King Leopold Range/Mueller Range junction in the Kimberley district, Western Australia (Fig. 1). It was noted as a geological anomaly in 1964 during regional mapping by the Bureau of Mineral Resources, Geology and Geophysics and the Geological Survey of Western Australia. The possibility of its being a meteorite impact crater has been discussed1, although this suggestion was subsequently ignored2. Two holes were drilled by a mining corporation in 1972 to test whether kimberlite underlay the structure. Here we report the findings of five days of reconnaissance in August 1979 which established that Goat Paddock is a cryptoexplosion crater containing shocked rocks and an unusually well exposed set of structural features. ?? 1980 Nature Publishing Group.

Publication Year 1980
Title Goat paddock cryptoexplosion crater, Western Australia
DOI 10.1038/286704a0
Authors J.E. Harms, D. J. Milton, J. Ferguson, D.J. Gilbert, W.K. Harris, B. Goleby
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Nature
Index ID 70012357
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse