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Blashford-Snell lines up crater expedition

Irrepressible explorer Colonel John Blashford-Snell is recruiting for a new expedition which, as usual, sounds like the plot for another Indiana Jones film.
Anyone as fit and capable as the renowned 76-year-old Dorset-based adventurer will find themselves plunging into the huge crater made by a meteorite in north eastern Bolivia to examine archaeological remains of an ancient settlement which may have been destroyed by the astronomical object 5,000 years ago.

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 Explorers sought for Bolivian trek

Famous Dorset explorer Colonel John Blashford-Snell is taking a new expedition to a remote region of North Eastern Bolivia and adventurers are being sought for the mission.
The task is to provide aid to the indigenous people and study archaeological remains of an ancient settlement that may have been destroyed by a meteorite.

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The UKs own real-life Indiana Jones has visited Liver- pool to tell his tales of the jungle, tombs, rapids and Neo-Nazis.

On the last expedition, we were asked by the Bolivians for a church organ for their church so we transported one from Dorset. They in turn helped us find the site of a meteorite landing which would have had the power of a 1,000- megatonne atomic bomb. We discovered the crater 3.5km underground and also found burned pottery suggesting the local population had been literally burnt alive - Colonel John Blashford-Snell.

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Iturralde Crater (also called Araona Crater) is a 5 mile (8 km) diameter circular feature in the Bolivian portion of the Amazon Rainforest, first identified from Landsat satellite imagery in 1985.

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One of Britains most celebrated living explorers narrowly avoided being killed during a mission to deliver a church organ to a remote Bolivian tribe when his bus careered out of control on a mountain road.

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...a modern day adventurer who was going to take a church organ into the Bolivian jungle.
Colonel Blashford-Snell was setting out to research what is possibly the most recent big meteorite crater on Earth.

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Explorer Colonel John Blashford-Snell has had close encounters with vampire bats and angry bees, but his latest brush has been with a rather odd dog.
He spotted a rare breed of Double-Nosed Andean tiger hound, which has two noses, on a recent trip to Bolivia.
The Scientific Exploration Society was in Bolivia to investigate a shallow crater about five miles in width.
According to Colonel Blashford-Snell, he has now found evidence that this was caused by a giant meteorite, which struck the Bolivian Amazon Basin up to 30,000 years ago.

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A pedal organ from a Dorset church is to be transported thousands of miles on a mammoth journey by plane, road and boat to reach the home of the Ojaki tribe deep in the Bolivian jungle.

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A manual pump organ is not the usual sort of thing to take on holiday, especially if it's in a remote region of South America.
But that is exactly what retired Ringwood dentist David Daniels is doing when he sets off for Bolivia with Dorset explorer Col John Blashford-Snell and members of the British Scientific Exploration Society on June 21.
The pedal-powered organ is destined for Ojaki, a village deep in the Amazon jungle which has a brand new church, but no organ and no electricity.
With the aid of a boat and four-wheel-drive vehicle, the team will aim to put matters right.
Members will also provide a clean water supply thanks to the Just a Drop charity, plus medical and dental aid along the way.

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Deep in the Bolivian Amazon is an 8 km wide crater. The Iturralde Structure, as it is known, is possibly the site of the Earth’s most recent ‘big’ meteorite impact. Its location is so remote that scientific investigators have only visited it twice. SES proposes to conduct an in-depth survey of the area under the direction of geologists from Sergeotechmin, the Bolivian Geological Institute.

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The large crater is only 1 meter lower in elevation than the surrounding area. Water collects within the depression, but not on the rim of the crater, which is slightly higher than both the surrounding landscape and the interior of the crater. These subtle differences in drainage are reflected in the forest and grassland habitats that developed on the landscape. It is precisely these differences in the vegetation structure that can be observed from space and which led to the identification of the Iturralde Crater in the 1970s when Landsat Images first became available for Bolivia.

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The crater is approximately 8 km across and was produced by the collision of a meteorite about 200 m in diameter. The impact released energy of approximately 500 to 1000 megatons of TNT

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67.67420W_12.58706S
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This is an image of the Araona Crater, also known as the Iturralde Structure.

Latitude: -12.58706 , Longitude: -67.67420

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