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Tuesday, 26 June 2007

Fauld Crater, Staffordshire, England

Fauld Crater, Staffordshire, England

Paul bristolia at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 25 13:49:22 EDT 2007

Dear Friends,

While looking around, a friend found something, which
looked like an impact crater at:

Latitude 52.847117N, Longitude 1.730608W

After a quick search, I found that it although it was
indeed a crater, it was not the result of a meteorite
impact and had more earthly origins. It was the site
of the Fauld explosion, which occurred when in 1944,
some 3,670 tons of RAF bombs exploded being stored
underground exploded. A paper about thsi event is:

Waltham, T., 2001, The Fauld Crater. Mercian Geologist.
vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 123-125.

A 536Kb PDF file can be obtained from:

http://www.emgs.org.uk/files/local_geology/15(2)_fauld_crater.pdf

The “Fauld Explosion” web page is at:

http://www.carolyn.topmum.net/tutbury/fauld/fauldcrater.htm

and “The world's largest-ever explosion (almost) - in
Staffordshire 60 years ago” at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/features/history/2004/fauld.shtml

Yours,

Paul H.

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