Wetumpka Crater

Wetumpka Crater
Wetumpka AL
Elmore County Alabama
The Wetumpka impact crater is the only confirmed impact crater in Alabama, United States. It is located east of downtown Wetumpka in Elmore County. The crater is 4.7 miles (7.6 km) in diameter and its age is estimated to be about 83 million years old (late Cretaceous),[1] based on fossils found in the youngest disturbed deposits, which belong to the Mooreville Chalk Formation. The crater is well preserved, including the original impact rim and breccia, but exposures are few owing to plant and soil cover, and nearly all are on private land.[2]
Thornton L. Neathery discovered the Wetumpka Crater in 1969–70 during regional geological mapping and published the first article on the subject in 1976. However, conclusive evidence of impact origin was lacking until 1998 when David T. King, Jr. and colleagues discovered shocked quartz in a core drilled near the center of the structure.

Wetumpka Alabama

Wetumpka Alabama Elmore County Alabama
Wetumpka is a city in Elmore County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 6,528.[1][2] The city is the county seat of Elmore County, one of the fastest growing counties in the state.[3] The city is considered part of the Montgomery Metropolitan Area. Wetumpka promotes itself as “The City of Natural Beauty”. Among the notable landmarks are the Wetumpka crater and the Jasmine Hill Gardens, with a full-sized replica of theTemple of Hera of Olympia, Greece, the Coosa River that runs through historic downtown Wetumpka, and Fort Toulouse which is also on the Coosa River. Wikipedia contributors, “Wetumpka, Alabama,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wetumpka,_Alabama&oldid=621737717 (accessed September 2, 2014).