Crater lecture scheduled for April 17

Published 9:40am Thursday, April 17, 2014

Since weather problems in late January forced cancellation of this year’s information lecture on the Wetumpka Impact Crater, the annual talk has been rescheduled to coincide withe the city’s upcoming Craterfest event.

This Thursday, Dr. David T. King Jr., Auburn University professor of geology, will provide updates on his most recent research involving the 5-mile-wide crater.

In 1998, King’s research confirmed the geologic anomalies in and around Wetumpka as a marine impact crater caused by an 1,100-foot meteor.

The free public lecture will be held April 17 at 7 p.m. in the Elmore County Board of Education meeting room.

“This is an excellent opportunity to hear how scientists have proven the size and scope of the impact and get an update on Dr. King’s most recent research,” said Marilee Tankersley, chairman of the Impact Crater Commission. “Both students and adults are encouraged to attend.”

Wetumpka is the site of the only authenticated impact crater in the eastern United States and one of only 200 such craters worldwide. During the past dozen years, researchers from around the globe have visited the area to study what scientists describe as “the best preserved marine impact crater in the world” because the location was covered by a shallow sea at the time of impact.


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