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11 November 2017 | comments: 1 | Categories: | Tags:

Henbury meteorites

I visited the Henbury meteorite craters, about 140km southwest of Alice Springs, in November 2015.

According to Wikipedia, Henbury is one of five meteorite impact sites in Australia with remaining meteorite fragments and one of the world's best preserved examples of a small crater field.

At Henbury there are 13 to 14 craters ranging from 7 to 180 metres in diameter and up to 15 metres in depth that were formed when the meteor broke up before impact. Several tonnes of iron-nickel fragments have been recovered from the site.

There's a walking trail of about 1.5km around the main crater. Camping is available at the site, although there are no facilities except a toilet and a barbecue plate.

It would be a stunning place to camp in good weather, with a clear open sky unimpeded by city lights.

The craters are named for Henbury Station. Henbury occupies an area of 5273 square kilometres that extends from the tops of the MacDonnell Ranges, down the foothills and across the open red plains to the Finke River.

The site is between Alice Springs, Uluru and Kings Canyon, see photo.

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Michael: on 12 November 2017

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