Papers About Kansas Meteorites, Meteorite Craters and Topographic Depressions
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.
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.
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.