Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater - WA

  Point of Interest

Position

DEG: -19.171797 127.797256
DMS: 19º 10' 18.47" S 127º 47' 50.12" E
UTM: 52 K 7879727mN 373534mE
Altitude: 329.77m

Description

Place Type

Recreation - Point of Interest

Location

811.14kms SouthWest of Darwin - Driving 1333 km (15 hours 46 mins)

Address & Contact

Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater National Park
Western Australia 6770
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Information

Wolfe Creek was named after Robert Tennant Stowe Wolfe, a digger and storekeeper who lived in Halls Creek in the late 1880s. There is some dispute about the status of the crater, some say it is the second largest in the world and some say the fourth. Regardless of this it is still a very impressive sight!
Around 300 000 years ago (during the Pleistocene epoch) a meteorite crashed to Earth, forming an almost perfectly circular crater, 880 metres in diameter. The crater was originally 150 metres deep, although today it is largely filled by sand. The erosion of the crater rim has been slow due to the dry desert climate.
Wolfe Creek Crater is internationally significant as one of only eighteen craters in the world where fragments of the meteorite remain on the site. Near the top of the crater rim, on its western slopes, curious balls of iron-rich rock called 'shale balls' lie scattered on the ground.

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Weather

Closest Weather Station

Halls Creek at 26/03:30am WST
Distance from Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater 105.68km N
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts
22.8°C22.3°C80%19.2°C1006.5hPa3.0mmWSW20km/hr
11knots
30km/hr
16knots

Closest Climatic Station

Halls Creek Airport
Distance from Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater 105.68km N
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C36.835.635.333.829.927.227.230.034.037.138.337.8
Mean Min. °C24.323.722.820.416.713.612.614.819.022.624.424.7
Mean Rain mm150.7143.082.721.412.85.46.01.94.617.837.482.2

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