Wednesday, December 30, 2009

An Ancient meteor impact crater was found with Google Earth!

Can you discover any undiscovered things or place by just sitting in front of the computer? Probably not... But there is a man who did it! and it is absolutely true story..

A PhD student, Duane Hamacher from Australia’s Macquarie University has found an ancient meteor impact crater in a remote location of the Northern Territory. He made it successful with Google Earth.

"We found shocked quartz, which is only produced by a substantial impact and its presence in the rock samples and the morphology of the structure are the major indicators that Palm Valley is a crater,” Mr Hamacher said.

UniverseToday - "Mr Hamacher reported to the Sydney Morning Herald and other Australian newspapers that the Arrernte people’s legend about a star that fell into a waterhole called Puka in the valley where Kulaia, the serpent, lived – has led to the discovery of the ancient crater, which the research team he is part of propose to name Puka.

Guided by details of the story, Mr Hamacher searched an area about 130 km southwest of Alice Springs, in the Finke National Park on Google Earth. He found what appeared to be a bowl-shaped depression. His suspicions were confirmed when he visited the site with a team of geophysicists and astrophysicists, who found evidence that a popular tourist location in the national park called Palm Valley contains the remains of an ancient impact crater."

The above Work of the Hamacher is the perfect example of the value use of Google Earth.

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