Jabel Waqf as Suwwan crater

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The Jabal Waqf es Suwwan crater is an impact crater in Ma'an Governorate, Jordan, near the Saudi border.[1]

The crater has a diameter of 5.5 km. It is estimated at 37-56 million years old. It is exposed at the surface.[2]

The crater was proposed in 2006 by geologists Elias Salameh and Hani N. Khoury from the University of Jordan, along with German professor Werner Schneider. The bolide is estimated by Prof. Salameh to have been 100m in diameter, and to have had an impact velocity of 40–50 km/s.[3]


  1. ^ Kenkmann, T; W. U. Reimold; M. Khirfan; E. Salameh; K. Konsul; T. Lehmann; H. N. Khoury (2009-03-23). "The Impact Crater Jebel Waqf As Suwwan in Jordan: Effects of Target Heterogeneity and Impact Obliquity on Central Uplift Formation". 40th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. The Woodlands, Texas: Lunar and Planetary Institute. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  2. ^ "Jebel Waqf as Suwwan". Earth Impact Database. University of New Brunswick. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  3. ^ Jordan news agency, quoted at the Bad Astronomy forums

Coordinates: 31°2′50″N 36°48′18″E / 31.04722°N 36.80500°E / 31.04722; 36.80500