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It is sobering to realize the amount of energy that was dissipated here in this small area within milliseconds to displace this amount of terrain.
It is estimated that the explosion was the equivalent of 5 to 45 tons of TNT!
An option of the 2012 RASC General Assembly (GA) in Edmonton was a post-conference field trip to the Whitecourt Crater guided by Dr. The crater is just south of the town of Whitecourt, a two hour bus ride away from the GA site in Edmonton.
It was a “no brainer” that Gillian and I were going to be on that expedition.
Cross sections of the ejecta blanket along 038° and 110° with a reference figure showing the location of the sections.From the bus “drop off point”, a guided hike of over a couple of kilometres brought us to the rim of the crater. While we were inside the crater I logged the LAT/LONG coordinates of the point of impact in my GPS.I did this to facilitate finding the crater from the air.Approximate distribution of the ejecta blanket and the main soil pit and auger hole site locations are also provided.(Kofman et al – Meteoritics & Planetary Science 2010)An image of the contact between the ejecta and the top of the paleosol, organics (charcoal), and underlying Ah horizon, used to delineate the ejecta blanket as revealed in the sample chamber of the auger.
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I had thought that the area would be “hunted out” by now, but I was pleasantly surprised that our group did find a few meteorites that afternoon, enough for each of us to take a souvenir home.