These outstanding impact craters are formed when an asteroid, a comet or a meteoroid crashes into a planet. Throughout the history, these planets have been several times bombarded by meteoroids. These signs are clearly visible on the surface of Mercury, Mars or Moon, for example. Our earth has not escaped from these crashes, but its impact craters are usually erased by erosion. Specialists are claiming that over 160 terrestrial impact craters have been registered on our planet. We know that dinosaurs have been extinct after a meteorite crash. Here are some famous impact craters that you should visit.
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This impact crater is the most famous and also the best preserved on Earth. It was named after Daniel Barringer, the first person who came with the idea that this crater was created after a meteorite impact. Barringer Crater is privately owned by his family and is also known as Arizona Crater or Meteor Crater. This impact crater has almost 1,200 meters in diameter, is 170 meters deep and was formed about 40,000 years ago. The crater was formed after an impact with an iron meteorite of 50 meters.
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This crater was formed after a meteorite reached the earth sometime between 5th and 8th century BC. However, the meteorite broke into pieces and fell on our planet in fragments. The largest crater made by this meteorite is almost 110 meters wide and 22 meters deep. Nearby this crater, you can find other 8 smaller craters created by it. Positioned in the Estonian islands of Saarema, the whole place has burned out after its crash. Many Estonian stories and myths are focused on this impact crater.
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The Pingualuit Crater was formed after a meteorite crash on the planet about 1.3 million years ago. It is said that the meteorite impact has the force of about 8300 Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs. It has 3.43 km in diameter and is 400 meter deep. A lake has been formed into the crater and has a depth of 260 meters. It is one of the purest waters in the world and it was formed after rain accumulation and snow. This beautiful crater was found by a US Arid Force plane in 1943.
Impact crater are beautiful places that you need to visit to understand more about the power of nature. Have you ever seen an impact crater?
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