Structural Pattern in Central Uplifts of Cryptoexplosion Structures as Typified by Sierra Madera

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Science  11 Oct 1968:
Vol. 162, Issue 3850, pp. 258-261
DOI: 10.1126/science.162.3850.258


The pattern of deformation in central uplifts of Sierra Madera and other well-known cryptoexplosion structures indicates that inward as well as upward movement of strata formed the uplifts. This kind of movement is incompatible with structures not of impact origin with which they have been compared. The structural style of cryptoexplosion structures, together with features that suggest shock deformation, supports the belief that they are the eroded roots of impact craters.

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