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Henbury Meteorites

Henbury Meteorites

I visited the Henbury meteorite craters in November 2015, about 140km southwest of Alice Springs.

According to Wikipedia, Henbury is one of five meteorite impact sites in Australia with remaining meteorite fragments and one of the world’s best preserved examples of a small crater field.

At Henbury there are 13 to 14 craters ranging from 7 to 180 metres in diameter and up to 15 metres in depth that were formed when the meteor broke up before impact 4700 years ago. Several tonnes of iron-nickel fragments have been recovered from the site.

The meteor hurtled to earth at 40,000kmh and scattered fragments can be seen at the Museum of Central Australia.

One can only imagine what local Aborigines must have thought at the time.

There’s a walking trail of about 1.5km around the main crater. Camping is available at the site, although there are no facilities except a toilet and a barbecue plate.

The craters are named for Henbury Station. Henbury occupies an area of 5273 square kilometres that extends from the tops of the MacDonnell Ranges, down the foothills and across the open red plains to the Finke River.


Author: Michael
06 June 2021, 10:18
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