Wetumpka Impact Crater

Wetumpka Impact Crater (HM1AAE)

Location: Wetumpka, AL 36092 Elmore County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 32.05', W 86° 12.22'

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The ridges located here are the remnants of a six-mile diameter circular feature created some 85 million years ago by an estimated 1,000-foot diameter asteroid. The area at the time of impact was a shallow sea. The ridges consist of a variety of metamorphic rocks and surround a central area comprised of large jumbled blocks of younger geologic strata. Drilling in the central area of the crater recovered fragments of rocks showing characteristic mineral alteration only associated with impact structures. The structure, although known for more than a century, was first identified as an impact crater in the 1970s.
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HM NumberHM1AAE
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Year Placed2002
Placed ByAlabama Historical Association
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Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 6:26pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 574779 N 3599926
Decimal Degrees32.53416667, -86.20366667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 32.05', W 86° 12.22'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 32' 3.00" N, 86° 12' 13.20" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 352 E S Boundary St, Wetumpka AL 36092, US
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