Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Newly Discovered Crater on Google Maps

A newly discovered crater can be clearly seen on Google Maps. The crater, which is 35km north of Newman in the Hamersley Ranges, in western Australia was discovered by geologist Arthur Hickman.

Hickman found the crater whilst exploring the satellite imagery of the area on Google Earth. The crater is 270m across but had not been previously discovered. Arthur Hickman has been rewarded for his eagle eyed discovery by having the crater named after him. It is now known as the Hickman Crater.

I wonder how long until the Hickman Crater is added to this Meteor Craters map.

This is not the first discovery made by scouring Google's satellite imagery. In 2005 Italian computer programmer Luca Mori found the remains of an ancient Roman villa when browsing Google Earth. The rectangular shadows of the villa can be seen on Google Maps.

After excavating the site the National Archaeological Museum in Parma found ceramic pieces that confirmed a Roman villa once stood there.

Via: Ogle Earth
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