"Next time you’re virtually roaming Google Earth, make sure you take a close look at any unusual landforms.
Geologist Arthur Hickman did just that, and is now the proud parent of the Hickman Crater, a meteorite crater in the Hamersley Ranges.
Dr Hickman, from the Geological Survey of Western Australia, was using Google Earth to look for iron ore when he noticed an unusually circular structure.
He sent a Google Earth picture of the structure to his colleague Dr Andrew Glickson at the Australian National University, who later visited the area and confirmed that Dr Hickman had found a particularly well preserved meteorite crater.
“Our best estimate at the moment is that the crater is 10,000 to 100,000 years old,” said Dr Hickman. "