It is my hope that this website both facilitates the work of researchers and helps the public to gain an increased understanding of terrestrial impact craters and impactites. For this purpose, I've attempted to build a reference that introduces readers to the basics of impact astrogeology, connects people with the body of relevant literature, and provides an overview of known craters in the US. The site is still growing.
If this website helps someone to reach farther in advancing the field through their own work, then my highest ambition for the project has been achieved.
I am very grateful to the researchers that have come before, as well as to those who continue this work, adding to the body of knowledge with each passing year.
The scope of the website is limited to the United States, not out of any particular bias, but in order to make the task manageable. The group of craters found within the United States provide a reasonable window into the study of the subject as a whole. I hope that the discussion of general principles of impact science will make the website useful, not only to those who live near and within the structures discussed, but to people interested in persuing such research in other regions as well.
Best regards, Robert Beauford, PhD, University of Arkansas
I welome letters from people both within and outside the scientific community who share my interest in learning about meteorite impact craters and impact altered rocks. I am particularly grateful to hear from those who know far more about the subject than me. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you encounter an error in this website or find that a portion does not reflect the current state of science.
I do not discuss pseudoscience, ufo's, crop circles, or the like, and prefer to keep all discussions oriented towards the peer reviewed and professional literature and towards questions that lend themselves to specific processes of physical investigation.
If you would like to engage in conversation about the subject on an ongoing basis, please feel free to join the 'Impact Craters and Impactites' facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/432433606804823/