A Catastrophe of Comets More New Mexico Craters Rich Murray: I slightly adjusted the view locations. They sure look like impact craters... “
No they do not look like meteorite craters. First, these featrues lack the morphology, which would suggest that they might be meteorite craters. The majority lack the circular or elliptical outline that might characterize an impact crater. The majority of them are far to irregular to be candidates for impact craters. In addition, sinkholes can also have nice circular outlines as can be seen in the Bottomless Lakes of Bottomless Lakes State Park about 14 miles southeast of Roswell, New Mexico.
Second, if a person looks at the regional topographic maps, these features lack any sign of the rim that an impact crater would typically have. Finally, geologists have looked at these features and found them to be classic examples of carbonate karst, which are developed in the alternating layers of limestone and dolomite of the San Andres Formation, which underlies this area.
There might be an impact crater or few lost among all of these sinkholes. However, distinguishing them from the sinkholes and demonstrating that they are impact craters will take a lot a field work. It is certainly something that will be impossible to do simply from aerial imagery.
Rich Murray wrote: “Ground samples may reveal evidence of blast and surface melting and coating.”
A person can look if they want. I suspect that it such a search will find a complete absence of any credible evidence “blast and surface melting and coating.”
If a person wants to look for features to investigate as possible impact craters, they can check out a reported possible impact crater by Skotnicki (2009) within the Lincoln 7.5 quadrangle, Lincoln County, New Mexico.
A Cox 34.281890 -105.139342 1.755 km area el just S of County Road 3Ka, which comes from 10M SW of 285 and then W and N to 54, 60, 285 just W of Vaughn -- 22 M S of Vaughn 75 M NNW of Roswell many craters .01 to 0.1 km size”
No craters. Just craterwrongs in the form of sinkholes.
Rich Murray wrote: “B Cox 34.254942 -105.117973 10 M SW of 285 many craters”
No craters. Just more sinkholes.
Rich Murray wrote: “C Cox 34.203891 -105.058533 1.674 km area el 9 M SW of 285 .05 km wide 4 m deep”
Even more sinkholes.
Rich Murray wrote: “D Cox 34.191197 -105.027841 1.644 km area el 8 M SW of 285 .07 km size 13 m deep” Just another sinkhole.
Rich Murray wrote: “E Cox 34.207906 -105.02134 1.606 km area el 7 M SW of 285 .04 km wide 3 m deep”
Just another sinkhole.
34.207906 -105.02134 “F Cox 34.210453 -105.03963 1.645 km area el 8 M SW of 285 .05 km wide 4 m deep”