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Mass of the Canyon Diablo Meteoroid

Nature volume 204, page 867 (28 November 1964) | Download Citation

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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 = RsW1/3.4 and D = DsW1/3.4, 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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  1. U.S. Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory, San Francisco.

    • C. SHARP COOK

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