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Monday, 11 July 2011

Papers About Kansas Meteorites, Meteorite Craters and Topographic Depressions

Papers About Kansas Meteorites, Meteorite Craters and Topographic Depressions

Dear Friends,

A short paper about the topographic depressions found
on the High Plains of Kansas has been recently published.
This paper is:

Merriam, D. F., 2011, Topographic Depressions on the 
High Plains of Western Kansas. Transactions of the 
Kansas Academy of Science. vol. 114, no. 1 & 2, pp. 69-76.
doi: 10.1660/062.114.0106

It notes that these depressions are likely the result of a variety 
of geologic processes, including solution, infiltration, animal 
activity, eolian action, and possibly even meteorite impacts.
However, he notes that because of the subsequent modification 
of these depressions by surficial processes, it is impossible to 
determine the origin of specific features from their size and shape 
without detailed geological study.

In another paper, a new impact structure, the Edgerton impact 
structure in northwestern Miami County, is proposed for Kansas. 
The paper is:

Merriam, D. F., J. Xia, and J. w. Harbaugh, 2009, The Edgerton 
structure: a possible meteorite impact feature in eastern 
Kansas. International Journal of Geophysics. vol. 2009, 
article ID 621528, 6 pages. doi: 10.1155/2009/621528, 6 pp.

PDF file for Merriam et al. (2009) is at:

An earlier paper about Kansas meteorites and craters is:

Merriam, D.F . and J. W. Harbaugh, 2007, Meteorites and 
meteorite-impact features in Kansas. Kansas Academy of 
Science, Transactions. vol. 110, no. 4, pp. 61–68.

Finally, some related papers by Dr. Daniel F. Merriam are:

Harbaugh, J. W., and D. F. Merriam, 2008, Topographic ellipses 
in Finney and Sedgwick counties, Kansas may signal deep structures 
in Precambrian basement. Transactions of the Kansas Academy 
of Science. vol. 111, no. 3 & 4, pp. 269-274.

Merriam, D. F., 2005, Surface expression of buried geologic 
features in Kansas. Kansas Academy of Science, Transactions.
vol. 108, no. 3 & 4, pp. 121-128.
doi: 10.1660/0022-8443(2005)108[0121:SEOBGF]2.0.CO;2

Merriam, D. F., and C. J. Mann, 1957, Sinkholes and related 
geologic features in Kansas. Kansas. Transactions of the Kansas 
Academy of Science. vol. 60, no. 3, pp. 207-243.


Paul H.

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