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Goat Paddock cryptoexplosion crater, Western Australia

Nature volume 286, pages 704706 (14 August 1980) | Download Citation

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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.

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  1. Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited, 140 William St, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, Australia.

    • J. E. Harms
    •  & D. J. Gilbert
  2. US Geological Survey, MS 928, Reston, Virginia 22092

    • D. J. Milton
  3. Bureau of Mineral Resources, Geology & Geophysics, PO Box 378, Canberra City, ACT 2601, Australia

    • John Ferguson
  4. South Australia Dept Mines, PO Box 151, Eastwood, South Australia 5063, Australia

    • W. K. Harris
  5. Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia

    • Bruce Goleby

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