Piccaninny Meteorite Impact Crater - WA

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DEG: -17.41247 128.4431
DMS: 17º 24' 44.89" S 128º 26' 35.16" E
UTM: 52 K 8074729mN 440852mE
Altitude: 524.26m


Place Type

Population - Place Name


605.71kms SouthWest of Darwin

Address & Contact

Purnululu National Park
Western Australia
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Piccaninny "crater" refers to an impact structure (or astrobleme), the eroded remnant of a former impact crater, situated in northern Western Australia. It was named after Piccaninny Creek and lies within the Purnululu (Bungle Bungle) National Park. The site is marked by a circular topographic feature on top of the flat-topped sandstone and conglomerate Bungle Bungle Range, clearly visible on remotely sensed images (Google Maps image). When first reported in 1983 after aerial observation, it was interpreted as either an impact structure or a cryptovolcanic feature. Later ground examination by E.M. and C.S. Shoemaker confirmed the presence of types of deformation indicative of an impact origin.
The circular topographic feature is 7 km in diameter, although due to the amount of erosion the original crater may have been larger. It has been estimated that the present land surface is 1–2 km below the original crater floor. The impact event has not been dated, but must be younger than the Devonian age of the rocks in the area, but is clearly not recent because of the amount of erosion.

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Closest Weather Station

Warmun at 30/09:00am WST
Distance from Piccaninny Meteorite Impact Crater 50.18km NW
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Closest Climatic Station

Distance from Piccaninny Meteorite Impact Crater 50.18km NW
Mean Max. °C37.336.135.835.132.229.429.532.336.138.639.338.4
Mean Min. °C24.824.423.220.617.213.612.614.919.423.024.925.1
Mean Rain mm178.7174.8121.025.310.

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