Odessa Meteor Crater

Odessa Meteor Crater

      shallow, cone-shaped impact crater in the High Plains just southwest of Odessa, Texas, U.S., produced by a meteorite. It is about 17 feet (5 metres) deep and 560 feet (170 metres) in diameter; its rim rises only 2 to 3 feet (less than a metre) above the surrounding area. In 1939 nearly 1,500 nickel-iron meteorite fragments were collected from the ground around the crater and on its rim. The composition of the meteorite fragments indicates that the crater was caused by a rare metallic meteorite (only 10 percent of meteors are metallic, most being stony) probably formed by the breakup of a planetoid. It is estimated to be about 20,000 years old. The original crater bottom was determined to have been 100 feet (30 metres) below the level of the surrounding land and 500 feet (150 metres) in diameter. The crater first drew public attention in 1921. Three smaller impact-crater sites were found nearby in 1939. The site was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1965.

* * *

Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Odessa Meteor Crater — Coordinates: 31°45′22.02″N 102°28′44.06″W / 31.7561167°N 102.4789056°W / 31.7561167; 102.4789056 …   Wikipedia

  • Odessa-Meteor-Krater — 31.756116666667 102.47890555556 Koordinaten: 31° 45′ 22″ N, 102° 28′ 44,1″ W …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Odessa, Texas — City of Odessa   City   Clockwise from top: The Globe Theatre; Stonehenge replica at UTPB; Skyline of Odessa; Water tower in the city; Pump jack in the city s outskirts; One of the city s famous, painte …   Wikipedia

  • Odessa — /oh des euh/; for 1 also Russ. /u dye seuh/, n. 1. a seaport in S Ukraine, on the Black Sea: 1,046,000. 2. a city in W Texas. 90,027. * * * City (pop., 2001: 1,029,000), southwestern Ukraine. A Tatar fortress was established in Odessa in the 14th …   Universalium

  • Odessa (Texas) — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Odessa (homonymie). Odessa …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Marquez crater — Marquez is a meteorite crater located in Leon County, Texas near the small town of Marquez about 177 km (110 mi) northeast of Austin, Texas, United States.[1] It is 12.7 km in diameter and the age is estimated to be 58 ± 2 million… …   Wikipedia

  • Quality Inn & Suites Odessa — (Одесса,США) Категория отеля: 2 звездочный отель Адрес: 3001 East Busine …   Каталог отелей

  • Meteorite — This article is about debris from space that survives impact with the ground. For other uses of Meteor and Meteors , see Meteor (disambiguation). For popular applications, see Falling star. For the fictional superhero in the Marvel Comics… …   Wikipedia

  • Monahans Sandhills State Park — Coordinates: 31°38′51″N 102°49′23″W / 31.6475°N 102.82306°W / 31.6475; 102.82306 …   Wikipedia

  • Meteorito metálico — Meteorito metálico. Los meteoritos metálicos, también conocidos como sideritos, holosideritos, meteoritos férricos o meteoritos ferro …   Wikipedia Español

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.