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Kalgoorlie Branch

April Tech Talk - Recently Discovered Asteroid Impact Structures

3
PD Hours
Recently discovered asteroid impact structures in Archean greenstone belts near Kalgoorlie, Ora Banda and Coolgardie.

About this event

The Ora Banda and Meyers asteroid impact structures are located in the heart of gold and nickel exploration and mining centres, but have only been recently recognised as unusual structures formed by significant asteroid impacts by using high resolution geophysical survey methods and drilling information acquired during routine mineral exploration programmes by Evolution Mining and Focus Minerals.

Geophysical surveying has revealed distinctive circular features supporting asteroid impact origins, and explains the geometry of a simple crater about 150m deep and 800m across at the Meyers Crater in Coolgardie, which is filled with over 100m of peat material, and a complex crater geometry at Ora Banda due to its large size, where a +60m deep ring-shaped crater moat formed around a central uplift zone.

Review of diamond core and mapping from within these crater structures has confirmed their impact origins, which is primarily based on polymict and angular suevite breccia containing abundant glass droplets, shocked quartz, shatter cone textures, and pseudotachylite glass formed along reactivated faults.

Based on crater fill sediments containing abundant plant material and microfossils, preservation of glass droplets, the level of erosion and nature of regolith cover, the Ora Banda crater is likely Cretaceous and the Meyers crater is likely Pleistocene-Miocene. 

Speakers

Dr Jayson Meyers

Dr Jayson Meyers is a passionate “geoscientist”, having degrees in geology, geochemistry and geophysics, and he runs consulting firm Resource Potentials based in Perth. As a hobby he carries out research on asteroid impacts discovered using geophysical methods while exploring for mineral deposits. He has over 30 years of worldwide mineral exploration experience for a broad range of commodities, was an Associate Professor for 10 years at WASM’s Department of Exploration Geophysics, and continues to work with industry clients and partners to integrate and apply cutting edge geophysical, geological and geochemical technologies for reducing exploration risk.
Location

Kalgoorlie Country Club
108 Egan Street
Kalgoorlie WA 6430

Thursday, 15 April 2021
6.15pm – 9.15pm (UTC+08:00)

Date and Time

Thursday, 15 April 2021
6.15pm – 9.15pm (UTC+08:00)

Venue

Kalgoorlie Country Club
108 Egan Street
Kalgoorlie WA 6430
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Cost

AusIMM Member $0.00
Non Member $0.00

Includes: Pizza's
3
PD HOURS
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