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Strangways crater
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Landsat image of Strangways crater
Impact crater/structure
Confidence Confirmed
Diameter 24–40 km (15–25 mi)
Age 646 ± 42 Ma
Exposed Yes
Drilled No
Bolide type Achondrite
Coordinates 15°12′S 133°35′E / 15.200°S 133.583°E / -15.200; 133.583
Country Australia
State Northern Territory
Strangways crater is located in Northern Territory
Strangways crater
Location in Northern Territory
Strangways crater oblique
Oblique false colour Landsat image draped over digital elevation model (x10 vertical exaggeration), Strangways crater; screen capture from NASA World Wind

Strangways is a large impact structure, the eroded remnant of a former impact crater, located in the Northern Territory of Australia about 65 kilometres (40 mi) east-south-east of the town of Mataranka. It was named after the nearby Strangways River. The location is remote and difficult to access. Its age has been determined as approximately 646 Ma.


The circular topographic feature that marks the site was originally thought to be volcanic, with an impact origin first proposed in 1971 after the discovery of evidence diagnostic of impact including shatter cones and shocked quartz. The circular topographic feature is about 16 km (9.9 mi) in diameter and lies within Mesoproterozoic sedimentary rocks of the McArthur Basin. However, this is only a relic of the original crater after considerable erosion. Estimates of the original rim diameter vary between different researchers in the range 24–40 km (15–25 mi); the Earth Impact Database prefers a diameter of 25 km (16 mi). The age of the impact event has been determined at 646 ± 42 Ma (Neoproterozoic) based on radiometric dating of impact melt rocks.

In 1996, the crater's site was listed on the now-defunct Register of the National Estate.

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