THE SUFFIELD CRATERS AS ANALOGUES OF IMPACT STRUCTURES

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Authors
  1. Jones, G.H.S.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN)
Abstract
Several hundred high explosive trials have been held at the then Suffield Experimental Station, now the Defence Research Establishment, Suffield, near Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. The majority of the trials were fairly small in scale, from a few pounds to a few tons of TNT. There was, however, a variety of trials at larger scale, ranging from 20 tons TNT to 500 tons TNT. The craters produced by these larger trials were strikingly similar to features on the surface of the earth and with lunar features. At the time of the trials no comparable features had been found elsewhere, but with the advent of the interplanetary space probes it has since become evident that the features are common to all planetary bodies with solid surfaces. It has therefore appeared desirable to prepare a unified text, giving comparable data where available on the series of craters produced at Suffield which were analogous to the planetary features. The present publication is intended to serve that purpose, and place the material in the public domain.
Keywords
Crypto-explosive structures;SNOWBALL;PRAIRIE FLAT;DIAL PACK;TNT
Report Number
DRES-SP-177 — Special Publication
Date of publication
01 Dec 1995
Number of Pages
313
DSTKIM No
96-01737
CANDIS No
453269
Format(s):
Document Image stored on Optical Disk;Hardcopy

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