Google Earth Can Make You Famous

Thursday, 27th March 2008 by

A geologist with the Geological Survey of Western Australia, Dr. Arthur Hickman, was using Google Earth to look for iron ore when he noticed an unusually circular structure within the landscape. After a visit by a colleague this huge dent was confirmed to be a previously undiscovered meteorite crater!

This particularly well preserved crater is some 270 metres across, and despite Mr Hickman's employers having mapped the area around 20 years ago, until this point had been completely overlooked. Not surprising then that it was named "The Hickman Crater".

Which all goes to show that there really are still things to be discovered out there, and all you have to do is start exploring in Google Earth! Just make sure you pay close attention to any unusual landforms...

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Thanks to Peter.