Vargeão Dome

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Vargeão Dome is a meteorite crater in Santa Catarina State, Brazil, straddling the municipalities of Vargeão, Faxinal dos Guedes, and Passos Maia.[1]

The crater is an almost perfectly circular depression with steep walls, 12 km in diameter and up to 225 m deep relative to its rim. It is of Early Cretaceous age.[2]

The meteorite impacted on the basaltic rocks of the Serra Geral Formation (Jurassic/Cretaceous). The crater displays several concentric rings and radial faults, and an eroded central bulge. The latter consists of impact breccias and sandstones from the Botucatu/Pirambóia Formation (Cretaceous/Triassic), which have been displaced about 700 m above their mean depth in the surrounding area. At least four post-impact lava flows have been identified between the rim and core. The impact origin of the structure is attested by the presence of shatter cones and shocked quartz grains.

Discovery and studies[edit]

In 1978, Brazilian geologists A. Paiva Filho, C.A.V. Andrade and L.F. Scheibe [3] identified an anomalous circular structure in radar images produced by the RADAMBRASIL survey, and called it the Vargeão Dome. In the early 1980s E. Barbour Jr. and W.A.G. Correa [4] studied the structure in detail, in the context of oil/gas surveys of the area, and proposed a volcanic/tectonic origin for the structure. In 1982, Á. P. Crósta and A. Paiva Filho identified it as an impact crater.[5] Shocked quartz was identified by M. V. Coutinho in 1987, and the occurrence of maskelynite glass was reported by J. Hachiro and others in 1993 [6]

Conservation status[edit]

The area around and inside the crater has been heavely farmed since the end of the 19th century; Vargeão's city hall is located inside the crater, near the southern rim. Nevertheless, the crater is still well-preserved. The local population is well aware of the impact origin of the structure, to the point that the town's official nickname is Meteor City.


  1. ^ "Vargeão Dome". Earth Impact Database. University of New Brunswick. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  2. ^ Crosta, A.P.; Kazzuo-Vieira,C.; Choudhuri,A.; Schrank,A. (2005). Winge,M.; Schobbenhaus,C.; Berbert-Born,M.; Queiroz,E.T.; Campos,D.A., ed. "Vargeão Dome Astrobleme, State of Santa Catarina - A meteoritic impact record on volcanic rocks of the Paraná Basin". Sítios Geológicos e Paleontológicos do Brasil. Retrieved Available on line 23 february 2005.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ Paiva Filho, A.; Andrade, C.A.V. de; Scheibe,L.F (1978). "Anais do 30° Congresso Brasileiro de Geologia" 1. Sociedade Brasileira de Geologia. pp. 08–412.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  4. ^ Barbour Jr., E.; Corrêa,W.A.G (1981). "Geologia da Estrutura de Vargeão, SC". PauliPetro, Consórcio CESP/IPT. p. 33. 
  5. ^ Paiva Fº, A.; Crósta,A.P.; Amaral,G. (1982). "Anais do II Simpósio Brasileiro de Sensoriamento Remoto" 1. Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (Brazil). pp. 135–142.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  6. ^ Hachiro,J.; Coutinho,J.M.V.; Frascá, O.; Menezes,C.M (1993). "Atas do Simpósio Brasileiro de Geologia" 3. Sociedade Brasileira de Geologia. pp. 276–283.  |chapter= ignored (help)

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Coordinates: 26°48′54″S 52°10′12″W / 26.815°S 52.17°W / -26.815; -52.17