Statement of progress of investigation at Odessa meteor craters

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Sellards, E. H. (Elias Howard), 1875-1961

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University of Texas at Austin. Bureau of Economic Geology


The principal crater has been known for several years. In 1922 Merrill described a fragment of octahedral meteoric iron of coarse crystallization brought to his attention by A. C. Bibbins, of Baltimore, who stated that it was found by a ranchman at the west side of a "blow out" about 9 miles southwest of Odessa, Ector County, Texas. An analysis of this meteorite by Merrill is as follows: iron, 90.69 per cent; nickel, 7.25 per cent; cobalt, 0.74 per cent; copper, 0.02 per cent; carbon, 0.35 per cent; phosphorus, 0.23 per cent; sulphur, 0.03 per cent; chromium, trace; platinum and manganese, none. Merrill did not see the locality. Bibbins described the depression but, notwithstanding the title given to his paper, probably by the editors, apparently did not suspect its being a crater. Sellards proposed several hypotheses, one of which was a meteor crater. Barringer described the depression as a meteor crater.


"Addenda, January, 1942" -- p. 13.

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