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Traces of asteroids crashing into the Earth

by Victoria

The asteroids hit the earth a trillion years ago, but their traces are still visible till this day. Around the world, many falling meteorite spots have become famous tourist places, attracting thousands of visitors everyday.

Chicxulub hole (Yucatan, Mexico): 

This is considered to be the most famous meteorite hole in the world. The collision between the asteroid and Earth created the Chicxulub crater that killed the dinosaurs. According to CNN, the latest study by the American Academy of Sciences shows that the 12-kilometer-wide asteroid hit Earth 66 million years ago. 

According to researchers’ estimates, 325 billion tons of sulfur were pushed into the atmosphere after the crash. Currently, this pit is buried under the Yucatan peninsula. In the photo, the remains of the collision destroy all dinosaurs.

Meteor Hole (Arizona, USA): 

This hole is also known as the Barringer (named after the person who first discovered it as a result of a meteor impact). Currently, the Meteor crater is owned by the Barringer family. It is not considered a national monument.

Acraman Lake (Australia): 

About 580 million years ago, a meteorite 4.6 km in diameter hit the Earth to create Acraman Lake.

Vredefort Hole (Free State, South Africa): 

This is the largest impact crater on Earth. The estimated diameter is about 300 km. In 2005, this place was added to the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. According to research by scientists, the asteroid collided with Earth and created the largest-sized Vredefort crater ever. They calculated it to be 10 km in diameter.

Bosumtwi Lake (Ghana): 

This is a natural lake formed when a meteorite about 2 km in diameter falls on Earth. To the locals, this lake is also a sacred sanctuary.

Gosses Bluff Hole (Australia): 

Researchers identified this hole as the result of asteroids or a comet from the Cretaceous period. Initially, the crater was 22 km in diameter. However, it has been eroded a lot over time. The Aboriginal people west of Arrernte called this Tnorala.

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