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Wolfe Creek Crater is a well-preserved meteorite impact crater located in the flat plains of the northeastern edge of the Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia, some 150 km south of the town of Halls Creek. The crater is considered the second largest in the world from which meteorite fragments have been collected, after the famous Barringer Crater in Arizona. Because of its excellent preservation, the crater clearly shows the classic features that result from a large meteorite striking the Earth.

Wolfe Creek Crater measures roughly 880 meters in diameter, and the mostly flat crater floor sits some 55 meters below the crater rim and some 25 meters below the sand plain outside of the crater. At the crater’s center, the ground rises slightly. Here grows some surprisingly large trees that draw moisture from the crater’s water reserves that remain after summer rains.

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