A description is presented of a preliminary outline for the cratering processes at Flynn Creek, Tennessee, a large, flat-floored, terrestrial impact crater with a central uplift. The initial preimpact conditions in terms of terrain, target media, and structure are defined, taking into account the possibility of impact into a shallow sea. A brief outline is provided of the generalized sequence of events from the time of entry of the impacting body into the atmosphere through the termination of late-stage cratering motions. The abbreviated sequence of cratering events is based upon a composite of recently assembled physical constraints, including new field data, experimental laboratory impact and field explosion trials, and theoretical numerical simulation studies.
Impact and Explosion Cratering: Planetary and Terrestrial Implications
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- Impact Damage;
- Dynamic Models;
- Hypervelocity Impact;
- Lunar and Planetary Exploration;
- Meteorite Craters