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Goat Paddock, Australia

18. Goat Paddock, Australia

This image, taken by the shuttle Large Format Camera, shows the Goat Paddock Crater, which is located within the semi-arid plains south of the Kimberley Plateau of northwestern Australia. The crater is expressed as a nearly circular depression open to the north. Its name is derived from its natural use as a paddock (a fenced pasture) for livestock. Goat Paddock's diameter is very close to the transition diameter from simple bowl-shaped craters to more complex forms with central structures, flat floors, and slumped rim zones. Unfortunately, very little is currently known about this potentially insightful feature.

Space shuttle image STS17-4107-1228.

Location: 18°20'S, 126°40'E
Diameter: 5.1 kilometers
Age: <55 million years

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