Chuck O’Dale Explorations

by: Charles O’Dale

Many Craters We Explored

Impact Crater/Structure – RASC Meeting Presentations:

Charles O’Dale YouTube channel

Overflight – Pingualuit Impact Crater (AKA: Chubb, New Quebec):

The Pingualuit Crater from 1500′ AGL. Much fuel resource planning was required to enable us to take this aerial image from GOZooM.

In Northern Quebec, Canada, there is a pristine simple crater that in 1999 was renamed the Pingualuit Meteorite Crater. It is visible as the small circular structure in the mid-right side of this image, and is larger than the smallest crater on the moon that is visible by telescope from earth. The crater is 3.44 km in diameter with a depth of 400 metres. The lake which occupies the crater is 267 metres deep and it is Quebec’s deepest lake. The crater rim is over 100 metres above the surface of the enclosed lake with a pitch of 40 to 45 degrees down to the water. Uplift from the original impact extends outward to a distance equal to almost twice the diameter of the crater

Overflight of the Pingualuit Impact Crater in my Cessna C177B – C-GOZM (GOZooM):

  • 00:00: Lac La Moinerie Impact Crater;
  • 01:50: Kuujjuaq, Quebec;
  • 05:15 – 15:15: Overflight of the Pingualuit Crater;
  • 18:00: Saglouc Fjord;
  • 18:15: Salluit landing.

Overflight – Holleford Impact Crater

The Holleford structure viewed from the North West.

The <30 metres depth of the “bowl” shape of the impact structure becomes evident while flying by the structure at lower altitudes. Over a half-billion years of sediment covers the original crater. I have to admit that the first time I flew to this impact structure I had a difficult time in finding and identifying the feature.

Overflight of the Holleford Impact Crater in my Cessna C177B – C-GOZM (GOZooM)

Overflight – Brent Impact Crater

The Brent crater from my airplane, GOZooM, from about 3000′ AGL.

The Brent meteorite crater is located within the northern boundary of Algonquin Park 75 km east of Lake Nipissing. It was named the “Brent crater” because of its proximity to the village of Brent, a divisional point on the Canadian National Railway’s transcontinental line. It is the largest known terrestrial crater with a simple, bowl-shaped form and perhaps the best known and possibly the most thoroughly studied fossil meteorite crater in the world.

Overflight of the Brent Impact Crater in my Cessna C177B – C-GOZM (GOZooM)

Overflight – Algonquin Radio Observatory

Algonquin radio observatory from GOZooM.

The Brent Impact Crater is a short 1.5 hour flight north of Ottawa. On the way the circular white shape of theAlgonquin Radio Observatory at Lake Traverse is very obvious. I’m dating myself, I had a tour through the complex when it was operational in the early 1970’s.
Overflight of the Algonquin Radio Observatory in my Cessna C177B – C-GOZM (GOZooM)


2010 Ottawa Valley Earthquake Damage

Landslide over a clay base caused by the 2010 Ottawa Valley earthquake.

Crossing the Arctic Circle

This is my bird, GOZooM, in Tuktoyaktuk, NWT experiencing the midnight sun. The sun is due NORTH in this image. Note the pingos in the background.

Crossing the Arctic Circle in my Cessna C177B – C-GOZM (GOZooM)