Friday, August 8, 2014

Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater

A leisurely start to the day with a swim in the lake and an easy, short drive from Lake Stretch allowed us to arrive at Wolfe Creek Metorite Crater early in the afternoon.

The crater stands out from the surrounding desert plains, a rusty red rim of scoria and small boulders, different from the sand around it. We expected a dry and dusty campsite, but were surprised to find that there were shade trees and greenery all around.

It is only a short walk up a gravel path to the rim of the crater. Signs ask you to not climb into the crater, but most people ingnored these, to clamber down to the inside of the crater over loose boulders and rubble. At the bottom the crater has filled with sand over the millenia. In the centre was a round circle of small green trees and white sand.

Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater was created some 300 million years ago, by a meteorite hitting the earth's surface. The crater was originally 120 meters deep, but now, due to the sand being blown in from the surrounding desert plains, is only 20 meters deep.





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