Lithological and structural characteristics of the Lake Bosumtwi impact crater, Ghana: Interpretation of acoustic televiewer images
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CitationHunze, S., & Wonik, T. (2007). Lithological and structural characteristics of the Lake Bosumtwi impact crater, Ghana: Interpretation of acoustic televiewer images. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 42(4‐5), 779-792.
PublisherThe Meteoritical Society
JournalMeteoritics & Planetary Science
AbstractBosumtwi is a very well-preserved 1.07 Myr old, complex terrestrial impact crater locatedin south-central Ghana, West Africa. The impact structure has a diameter of about 10.5 km and wasformed in 2.1–2.2 Gyr Precambrian metasedimentary and metavolcanic rocks. Drilling and logging was carried out during the Lake Bosumtwi Drilling Project (BCDP) which was supported by the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP). One of the aims of this project is to achieve detailed information on the subsurface structure and crater fill of one of the best preserved large young impact structures. We interpreted the wireline logs and televiewer images. The physical properties including shallow resistivity, p-wave velocity, magnetic susceptibility, and borehole diameter of the breccia differ significantly from those of the meta-graywackes and slate/phyllites. Fractures observed in the televiewer images are interpreted to determine their characteristic structural features. The fracture dip angles are steep (50–70 degrees) and the two main dip directions are southeast and southwest. Most fractures observed in the borehole are open. The indicated main stress direction is north-south.