RABASSA jorge Oscar
congresos y reuniones científicas
THE STRUCTURE AT SIERRA AMBATO, CATAMARCA, ARGENTINA: A NEW METEORITE IMPACT SITE?
ACEVEDO, R.D.; ROCCA, M.; ALONSO, R.; RABASSA, J; PONCE, J.F.
Congreso; 75th Annual Meteoritical Society Meeting; 2012
Meteoritical Society Meeting
THE STRUCTURE AT SIERRA AMBATO, CATAMARCA, ARGENTINA: A NEW METEORITE IMPACT SITE? R. D. Acevedo1, M. Rocca2, R. Alonso3, J. Rabassa1,4 and J. F. Ponce1. 1CADIC-Conicet, Ushuaia, 9410, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. E-mail: email@example.com 2CABA, Ar-gentina. 3Universidad Nacional de Salta, Argentina, 4Universidad Nacional de Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Introduction: A new possible impact crater was discovered during routine flights by Mr. Jorge A. Viaña in Catamarca Prov-ince: the structure at Sierra Ambato (28º 03? 23.22? S, 66º 03? 11.06? W), located at Sierras Pampeanas (3,500m.a.s.l). It has 1.0 km in diameter. Results: The crater feature is a clear ring with a raised rim and a central depression on the eastern slope at the top of the chain. The area all around the crater is full of radial and concen-tric fractures and faults. The structure has been a bit flattened by the erosion. The local geology is in no conflict with an origin by a mete-orite impact. The district is composed of an upper Precambric-lower Cambric metamorphic basement intruded by Ordovician-Carboniferous granitic rocks. Gondwanic paleosurfaces of upper Jurassic-Cretaceous age appear to cut the structure. Conclusions: Sierra de Ambato?s crater cannot be a volcanic neck or caldera. Its morphology is quite different, e.g. has a raised rim and there are no visible lava floods coming from the crater itself. No volcanic features have been so far reported for this site. Fracturing structures are typical of simple type-impact craters. This crater is probably a quite eroded simple-type mete-orite impact crater. Its age is estimated as post-Paleozoic (proba-bly Cenozoic, pre Jurassic). Further investigation of this interesting crater is in progress. Acknowledgements: This work was funded by Conicet, Na-tional Geographic/Waitt and The Planetary Society.