Gatun structure - Panama
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member kJfishman
N 09° 14.579 W 079° 54.925
17P E 619137 N 1021897
Quick Description: Gatun structure discovered in 1972 by geologist Bob Stewart and estimate the original diameter to have been 2.7 to 3 km.
Location: Panama
Date Posted: 12/9/2015 9:40:37 AM
Waymark Code: WMQ30P
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Long Description:
Gatun structure discovered in 1972 by geologist Bob Stewart and estimate the original diameter to have been 2.7 to 3 km.

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The Gatun structure is a possible eroded impact crater. It is named after the nearby Gatun Lake in Panama. It was first discovered in 1972 by geologist Bob Stewart and later studied by Livio L. Tornabene from the University of South Florida Department of Geology.

The structure is estimated to have formed about 20 million years ago. This would place the event in the Miocene epoch. Despite the considerable erosion, it was possible to estimate the original diameter to have been 2.7 to 3 km, assuming the impact hypothesis is correct.

Although diagnostic evidence of impact has not been reported, evidence favoring an impact origin include the recovery of possible impact glass at the site. Alternatively, the site may be of volcanic origin.
References

Tornabene, L. L., Stewart, R. H. Ryan, J. G. (2002). "The Gatun Structure: a petrographic and geochemical investigation into a possible Tertiary impact structure near Gamboa, Republic de Panama". LPSC XXXIII. PDF
Tornabene, L. L., Stewart, R. H., Ryan, J. G. (2001). "A petrographic and geochemical investigation into the Gatun Structure, a possible Tertiary impact structure near Gamboa, Republic de Panama". AGU Spring Meeting 82 (20): S249. Abstract
Tornabene, L.L., Stewart, R. H., Ryan, J. G. (1999). "Characterization and Age of a Probable Tertiary Impact Site near Gamboa, Panama Canal Zone". GSA Annual meeting 31 (7): 174.
Type of Crater: Complex

Crater Diameter: 3 km

Age of Crater: 23,000,000.00

Crater Web Page: [Web Link]

View from the Coordinates:
a lake


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