Aboriginal folklore leads to meteorite crater

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Aboriginal folklore leads to meteorite crater

Post by white_harmony » Sun Jan 10, 2010 3:00 pm

Found this to be an interesting read, and thought I'd share. I have seen other articles about it, but this one I read this morning :-D
SYDNEY: An Australian Aboriginal 'Dreaming' story has helped experts uncover a meteorite impact crater in the outback of the Northern Territory.

Duane Hamacher, an astrophysicist studying Aboriginal astronomy at Sydney's Macquarie University, used Google Maps to search for the signs of impact craters in areas related to Aboriginal stories of stars or stones falling from the sky.

One story, from the folklore of the Arrernte people, is about a star falling to Earth at a site called Puka. This led to a search on Google Maps of Palm Valley, about 130 km southwest of Alice Springs. Here Hamacher discovered what looked like a crater, which he confirmed with surveys in the field in September 2009.
http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/news/3225 ... page=0%2C0
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