In Australia, Google Earth seems to have spurred the popular imagination quite successfully. Perhaps that’s because on a per capita basis the country has by far the most high-resolution imagery to gawk over. (Canada has more surface area, but comparatively less of it is in high-res. I’m willing to stand corrected, however, if another country wants to claim this crown.)
We’ve already had one story this year about an Australian finding and then confirming a meteorite crater using Google Earth. Now Australia’s The Age newspaper is going for seconds, reporting on a retired geologist who thinks he’s found a crater as well, in northwest New South Wales.
If newspapers wonder why they’re dinosaurs on the way to extinction, this article should answer it. The online version is screaming for an embedded Google Map showing you the candidate crater in question, but of course no such tool is made available, letting us blogs run away with the bone:
Another problem is that the article is premature. The feature hasn’t been verified as a meteorite crater, and frankly, to me it looks more like a round ridge of hills. There are plenty of hilly ridges around — some of them will curve. Pre-announcing crater finds is a recipe for egg on face.