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Monday, 24 September 2012

It's a 'hole' lotta fun ("Cooradigbee crater")

It's a 'hole' lotta fun ("Cooradigbee crater")

In "It's a 'hole' lotta fun" at:
Tom Randall wrote

“Cooradigbee crater? Anyone have any more info on this?

The article is It's a 'hole' lotta fun” by Tim the
Yowie Man, Travel Section, The Age at

There is a picture of the alleged crater at:

Given the small size of it and the indefinite location
it is hard to tell much about from a literature review
and without going there. Judging from the lack of
any well defined rim and any reported evidence other
than tilted rocks, it does not look at all promising. Still,
any definitive conclusion would have to come from
an onsite inspection by a professional or avocational

The video does claim that rocks being “45 degrees to
the west” in one place and being “45 degrees to the
east” in another part of the area as evidence of an
impact. The Brindabella 1:100 000 Geological Map (Owen
and Wyborn 1979), Canberra 1:250,000 scale geologic
map (Gilligan 1974), Goulburn 1:250 000 Geological Map
(Johnson et al. 2010), and the Yass 1:100 000 Geological
Map (Colquhoun 2008), demonstrate that the area of
Lake Burrinjuck, New South Wales within which the
Cooradigbee Homestead (and “Cooradigbee Crater”) occurs
consist of tightly folded, faulted, and otherwise deformed
Early Devonian volcanic, volcanoclastic, and terrigeneous
sedimentary rocks. There is also a thick layer of folded and
faulted “massive to thin-bedded fossiliferous limestone
and calcareous shale” in the area of Wee Jasper. As a result,
a person will need more than tilted strata to argue for the
existence of a impact crater. Also, depending on the
location of this shallow topographic bowl, a person might
have to exclude the possibility it is a sinkhole.

For Google Earth fans, the location of the Cooradigbee
Homestead is 35 degrees, 3’, 49.73”S, and 148 degrees,
39’, 37.61” E.

Reference cited

Colquhoun G. P., A. Y. E. Warren, R. G. Cameron, A. J. Johnston,
and D. J. Pogson, 2008, Yass 1:100 000 Geological Sheet 8628,
2nd edition. Geological Survey of New South Wales, Sydney.

Gilligan, L. B., 1974, Canberra 1:250,000 Metallogenic Map.
Geological Survey of New South Wales, SI/55-16, Sydney, Australia.

Johnston, A. J., M. M. Scott, O. D. Thomas, D. J. Pogson, A. Y. E.
Warren, L. Sherwin, G. P. Colquhoun, J .J. Watkins, R. G. Cameron,
G. P. Macrae and R. A. Glen., 2010, Goulburn 1:250 000
Geological Sheet SI/55-12, Provisional 2nd edition, Geological
Survey of New South Wales, Maitland.

Owen, M. and D. Wyborn, 1979, Brindabella (NSW and ACT)
1:100 000 Geological Map First Edition, BMR, Canberra

For other Australian geological maps go to:

Scanned 1:250 000 Geology Maps of Australia

Best wishes,

Paul H.