Wilkes Land crater

impact crater

The Wilkes Land mass concentration is one of two possible meteorite impact sites hidden beneath the ice cap of Wilkes Land, East Antarctica.

Map of Antarctica showing Wilkes Land, with the crater conjectured by von Frese et al. marked in red

Its coordinates are 70°S 120°E. It was first reported at a conference in May 2006 by a team of researchers led by Ralph von Frese and Laramie Potts of Ohio State University.[1] The hypothesis was published in a paper by Weihaupt in 1976.[2][3]


  1. Schmidt, Richard A. (1962). "Australites and Antarctica". Science. 138 (3538): 443–444. Bibcode:1962Sci...138..443S. doi:10.1126/science.138.3538.443. PMID 17794921. S2CID 5626171. Abstract.
  2. Weihaupt, John G. (1976). "The Wilkes Land anomaly: Evidence for a possible hypervelocity impact crater". Journal of Geophysical Research. 81 (B32): 5651–5663. Bibcode:1976JGR....81.5651W. doi:10.1029/JB081i032p05651. Abstract.
  3. Frese, Ralph R. B. von; Potts, Laramie V.; Wells, Stuart B.; Gaya-Piqué, Luis-Ricardo; Golynsky, Alexander V.; Hernandez, Orlando; Kim, Jeong Woo; Kim, Hyung Rae; Hwang, Jong Sun (2006). "Permian–Triassic mascon in Antarctica". American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2007: Abstract T41A–08. Bibcode:2006AGUSM.T41A..08V.