More contributions and interesting links

We are happy to link to a new educational website on meteorites and meteorite impact structures:

down earth 2


New article on a proposed large impact ejecta blanket:

Solid Earth Discuss., 4, 363–428, 2012
© Author(s) 2012. CC Attribution 3.0 License.

In plain sight: the Chesapeake Bay crater
ejecta blanket

D. L. Griscom
impactGlass research international, San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico ´
Received: 31 January 2012 – Accepted: 6 February 2012 – Published: 14 February 2012
Correspondence to: D. L. Griscom (david Published by Copernicus Publications on behalf of the European Geosciences Union.
The highly interesting article to be downloaded HERE once more sheds some light on the obviously everlasting discussion between defenders of persisting models of regional geology and supporters of new impact ideas. The interactive review comment by the author David L. Griscom is a nice reflection of this discussion: For the anonymous referee #1 the development of shock features in quartz and the occurrence of coesite are a necessary requisite for impact evidence which moreover should be integrated (!) by the author into the regional geologic processes at that time. Always the same old story. Impact is a statistical process that doesn’t consider regional geology (and regional geologists). And as for the missing shocked quartz and coesite we would like to point to the sedimentary component of the well-known large impact ejecta blanket of the Ries impact structure practically void of any shock effects.

A very interesting article on the Beaverhead impact structure:

…. and here you will find more interesting contributions from the author Thornton H. (Tim) McElvain

Tim has been known to us for a long time as a very experienced geologist and impact researcher. Unfortunately, his nice work has largely been ignored by the impact establishment, the so-called impact “community”.

The impact structures homepage of Tim McElvain may be clicked here:


Please link to Charles O’Dale’s homepages on

the identification of impact structures 

and his personal exploration of – mainly – Canadian impact craters/structures

within the frame of the website of the OTTAWA CENTRE of the ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF CANADA


An Internet book on Scandinavian impact structures by

S. Willmann, J. Plado, A. Raukas, H. Bauert:

Meteorite Impact Structures – Geotourism in the Central Baltic. 



A field trip to the Azuara and Rubielos de la Cérida impact structures (in Spanish)


Impact Field Studies Group 


Homepages of Jarmo Moilanen 

and his Impact Database 


Earth Impact database 

Expert Database on Earth Impact Structures (EDEIS)


The Azuara impact event


permanent exhibition on the Azuara impact event in the townhall of Azuara

The posters may be clicked HERE.






Tsunami Laboratory, Institute of Computational Mathematics and Mathematical Geophysics Siberian Division Russian Academy of Sciences Head of the Laboratory: Dr. Viacheslav K. Gusiakov


The Chiemgau impact (Germany) website


German version of


Spanish version of


German version of the Chiemgau impact website





Impact cratering: simple computer programs


NASA Deep Impact Mission website


A possible miniature meteorite crater fossilized in a Triassic sandstone

 This sandstone sample has been found in a Buntsandstein outcrop near the town of Würzburg. A surface of well-developed ripple marks is disordered by a circular 5-cm diameter depression which is about 1.5 cm deep. A central mound is developed as well as a wreath of evidently excavated material at the rim of the structure. Such features may originate from a small pebble falling to a muddy ground. But in Buntsandstein times, who threw a pebble to the ripple-marked ground? Similar to well-known fossil raindrop remains in Buntsandstein sandstones and quartzites, the fall of a big hailstone may be considered, although its melting would rather produce a pit instead of a mound.

On the other hand, rust-stains are observed to occur at the central mound. Therefore, the fall of a small iron meteorite (now weathered) to form the miniature crater may be a reasonable explanation. Geochemical analyses are outstanding so far.