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    Google Earth user discoveres a meteor crater

    One should be skeptical when somebody announces a discovery of a meteor crater based on satellite photos. This time, the evidence is compelling.

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    Interesting

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    I don't know, is there no other explanation for this feature? Looks volcanic to me. Oh well, I like to look at roman ruins with google earth myself. I suppose if they have nothing better to do, more power to them.

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    This is pretty cool. It'll probably open the floodgates for all sorts of amateurs looking for craters and like the comet hunters using SOHO will probably lead to the discovery of many more craters. The idea of having a feature on Earth named after yourself has a strong appeal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jt-3d View Post
    I don't know, is there no other explanation for this feature? Looks volcanic to me.
    I haven't checked the article again and it's a while since I read it, but from what I understand, there's on the ground confirmation.

    Basically the trick is that it's a sorta new way to figure out where go to look at the rocks, it's not confirmation in itself.
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    Amateur archeologists have found ruins with Google Earth. There was a story about it on National Geographic.com a while back.
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    Oh for goodness sake!
    Look at this site: http://www.gearthhacks.com/dlcat34/Craters.htm
    84 items!

    A truely recent crater would be more interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jt-3d View Post
    I don't know, is there no other explanation for this feature? Looks volcanic to me. Oh well, I like to look at roman ruins with google earth myself. I suppose if they have nothing better to do, more power to them.
    The crater was found by a geologist and confirmed by another. So it's not a typical "hey, I found is a circular formation, therefore it is a meteor crater" case.

    Besides, there's no recent volcanic features in Australia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kullat Nunu View Post
    The crater was found by a geologist and confirmed by another. So it's not a typical "hey, I found is a circular formation, therefore it is a meteor crater" case.

    Besides, there's no recent volcanic features in Australia.
    Tower Hill near Warnambool Vic. Google Earth, 38 19.06S, 142 21.35E. At about 30,000 years is reasonably recent and 'crater like'.

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