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Nature 204, 867 (28 November 1964); doi:10.1038/204867a0

Mass of the Canyon Diablo Meteoroid


U.S. Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory, San Francisco.

NORDYKE1 has derived empirical scaling laws for the apparent radius R and the apparent depth D of craters produced by both chemical and nuclear explosions in desert alluvium at the Nevada Test Site. The scaling equations are R = RsW 1/3.4 and D = DsW 1/3.4, in which Rs and Ds are the appropriate dimensions for a 1 kt (kiloton) explosion of TNT and W is the yield in kt of the explosion in question.

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  4. Öpik, E. J. , Irish Astron. J., 5, 14 (1958).
  5. Bjork, R. L. , Proc. Geophys. Lab.-Lawrence Rad. Lab. Cratering Symp., UCRL–6438 Paper M (1961).

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