The largest intact asteroid impact crater in the U.S. lies completely buried under the verdant cornfields of north-central Iowa, near a town called MANSON. The crater is about 23 miles in diameter, making it about 30 TIMES larger than Meteor Crater, in Arizona. The impact occurred during the Cretaceous Period, 74 Ma, and was caused by an asteroid or comet nucleus.
Crow Creek material contains "shocked quartz grains" which are produced when a high-energy shock wave generated by an impact passes through a quartz grain, creating thin regularly spaced zones of melting along preferred crystallographic planes. Extraterrestrial impacts are the only known natural force with sufficient energy to create these features.
Most scientists believe that the impact produced a tidal wave, or Tsunami, in the shallow Cretaceous Sea that covered much of the area at the time. They theorize that such a tsunami deposited a very special layer of sediment called "Crow Creek," which can be found today exposed in isolated patches in South Dakota and Nebraska. The Crow Creek sediment has been proven to contain the tell-tale shocked quartz and feldspar fragments blasted from the Manson asteroid impact. Because the crater itself is completely buried and there is none of the impact rock available at the surface, the Crow Creek fragments are the only available signature remnant of this large impact event.
Lithology of Crow Creek: Crow Creek consists of two distinct units of marlstone and a basal coarse layer. The material can contain light-gray, silty, quartz sand with gravel-sized particles of pink and white quartz and detrital carbonate. Rip-up clasts from the Sharon Springs Member can be found as rounded, black, noncalcareous mudstone clasts. Inoceramid shells mixed with detrital and skeletal carbonate, silt and fine quartz sand in a wackestone to packstone fabric can also be found. Smectite is the dominant clay mineral with minor kaolinite and illite. Black mudstone rip-up clasts can also be present. Quartz grains contain PDF (planar deformation features) which are only created by asteroid impacts. Microslide Size: 75mm L X 25mm W X 4mm D, Microslide well size: 12mm Diameter.
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Note: There is an interesting assortment of crow creek material that is relatively easy to see. There is enough material to fill up the microslide well. The material is free and not encased in lucite.
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