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Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve description and photos - Australia: Alice Springs. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The name in English is Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve.
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145 km southwest of Alice Springs, there are several craters that were formed as a result of the collision of meteorite fragments with the earth's surface - today this place is known as the Henbury Meteorites Nature Reserve ... It is one of five places in Australia where debris has been found, and one of the best examples of a small crater field in the world. There are 13 to 14 craters ranging from 7 to 180 meters in diameter and up to 15 meters deep. Several tons of iron-nickel meteorite fragments were collected from the territory. It is believed that the catastrophe occurred about 4.7 thousand years ago, when a meteorite hit the ground at a speed of 40 thousand km / h.
The crater field got its name from a nearby pasture, which in 1875 was occupied by a family of immigrants from the English town of Henbury. And the craters themselves were discovered in 1899, but for many years they remained unexplored, until in 1930 another meteorite, Karunda, fell in the state of South Australia. This shook the public, and the first scientists went to Henbury. Already in 1932, a certain AR Alderman published a scientific work "Henbury Meteorite Craters in Central Australia", in which he described in detail his research.
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