Foelsche Meteorite Impact Crater - NT



DEG: -16.682859 136.783295
DMS: 16º 40' 58.29" S 136º 46' 59.86" E
UTM: 53 K 8154678mN 690162mE
Altitude: 161.46m


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Calvert NT
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Foelsche is a partly buried impact structure, the eroded remnant of a former impact crater. It is situated in the Northern Territory, Australia, and named after the nearby Foelsche River. Although little of it is exposed at the surface, and no crater shaped topography is evident, the circular nature of the feature is obvious on aeromagnetic images, a factor that led to its discovery.
The impact occurred into flat-lying Mesoproterozoic sedimentary rocks of the McArthur Basin and most of the crater is covered by a semi-circular hill of flat-lying Neoproterozoic sedimentary rock. The only exposure of the crater itself are scattered outcrops of deformed sandstone and breccia around the northern edge of the overlying hill, which are inferred to be remnants of the crater rim. The rim is about 6 km in diameter. Evidence indicating an impact origin for the feature includes an abundance of shocked quartz grains in the sedimentary rocks overlying the crater, The age of Foelsche is not well constrained, but it must be younger than the Mesoproterozoic target rocks and older than the Neoproterozoic rocks that partly fill the crater; it has been argued that the age is most likely Neoproterozoic because it appears that the crater was covered by sediments soon after the impact event.

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Closest Weather Station

TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Mcarthur River Mine
Distance from Foelsche Meteorite Impact Crater 79.94km W
Mean Max. °C36.035.234.934.732.229.730.032.035.337.838.637.7
Mean Min. °C24.924.723.420.616.412.412.213.317.
Mean Rain mm208.5181.9148.932.

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