Crater Exploration with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC)
January 21, 2015
The scientific study of impact structures began only about 50 years ago. I’m dating myself, but that was about the time my interest in impact craters started. Like any kid, I spent hours looking at the craters on the Moon through my old telescope. Would I ever get a chance to explore a crater? Well since retirement, I combined my hobbies of astronomy, geology and flying to explore impact craters and structures in North America from the air and ground. You may think that the natural geological forces on our planet would have destroyed any features of impact craters. But, in some instances, these forces have “cross sectioned” the craters to ease our study. I find the geology in these craters and structures fascinating!
In cooperation with the RASC, impact craters in North America are explored and documented: http://ottawa-rasc.ca/wiki/index.php?title=Odale-Articles
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