The University of Arizona

Possible reasons of shock melt deficiency in the Bosumtwi drill cores



Pre-drilling numerical modeling of the Bosumtwi impact event predicted a 200 m thick coherent melt layer, as well as abundant highly shocked target material within the central part of the crater structure. However, these predictions are in disagreement with data from drill core obtained in 2004-2005. Here I provide a brief overview of previous results and discuss possible reasons behind melt deficiency, such as specific impact scenarios (low impact velocity and/or low impact angle), and specific target properties (different composition, high porosity, high content of volatiles). I conclude that the most likely explanation is the dispersion of impactites due to the vaporization of pore water, which was not included in the original numerical model.


Bosumtwi Ghana Impact crater.;Impact melting;Impact modeling;Impact;cratering

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