Goat Paddock crater

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Goat Paddock crater
Goat Paddock Western Australia.jpg
Landsat image of the Goat Paddock crater (circular feature in centre); screen capture from the NASA World Wind program
Impact crater/structure
Diameter5.1 km (3.2 mi)
Age<50 Ma
LocationKimberley Region
Coordinates18°20′S 126°40′E / 18.333°S 126.667°E / -18.333; 126.667Coordinates: 18°20′S 126°40′E / 18.333°S 126.667°E / -18.333; 126.667
Country Australia
StateWestern Australia
Goat Paddock crater is located in Western Australia
Goat Paddock crater
Location of the crater in Western Australia

Goat Paddock is a 5 km-diameter near-circular bowl-shaped depression in a range of gently dipping Proterozoic sandstone in the Kimberley Region of northern Western Australia, 106 km west-southwest of Halls Creek. It is interpreted as an ancient meteorite impact crater, the evidence including breccia containing melted rocks, silica glass, shatter cones and shocked quartz.[1][2][3] Drilling shows that the crater is filled with about 200 m of ancient lake sediments containing Early Eocene pollen, this age thus giving a minimum estimate for the age of the crater itself.[1] The crater is not perfectly circular, but slightly elongated in a north–south direction, suggesting that the projectile struck at low angle from either the north or south.


  1. ^ a b Harms J.E., Milton D.J., Ferguson J., Gilbert D.J., Harris W.K. & Goleby B. 1980. Goat Paddock cryptoexplosion crater, Western Australia. Nature 286, 704–706. Abstract
  2. ^ Milton D.J. & Macdonald F.A. 2005. Goat Paddock, Western Australia: an impact crater near the simple – complex transition. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 52, 691–698. Abstract[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Goat Paddock". Earth Impact Database. University of New Brunswick. Retrieved 2009-08-19.

Further reading[edit]

  • Milton, D. J., Ferguson, J. and Fudali,R.F., Goat Paddock impact crater, Western Australia (abstract). Meteoritics, v. 15, p. 333. 1980