Top 7 meteor craters you have to see

Baringer Crater

Baringer Crater ©eiharaldseid/Flickr

Our beautiful planet has got so many wonders that one cannot begin to list then… but what about the wonders that are not from this planet? Throughout the history of Earth a large number of meteors coming from space have impacted our planet.

They have caused large scale destruction during the impact but now they are only breathtaking natural sights. I have collected the top 7 meteor craters you have to see – enjoy the show and let me know which one would you like to visit. They all are fantastic, always make me think about how little we just are in this big world and even bigger universe…

Kaali Crater, Estonia

Kaali crater, Estonia

Kaali Crater ©Leo-setä/Flickr

The Estonian Kaali Crater was formed by a meteorite that have destroyed all the forests on the island of Saaremaa sometime between the 4th and 8th century AD. The remaining crater is nearly 1.2 km wide and 137 meter deep, you can see the bottom of it on the image.

Monturaqui Crater, Chile

Crater Monturaqui in Chile

Crater Monturaqui ©femina.hu

Located in Chile, the famous Monturaqui crater has a diameter of 460 m and depth of 34 m. The crater caused by an impact about 1 million years ago is not so very big any more, but is still a pretty astonishing sight.

Roter Kamm Crater, Namibia

Roter Kamm crater, namibia

Roter Kamm ©Crater femina.hu

With its 2.5 km diameter and depth of 130 m, the Namibian Roter Kamm Crater is the result of a huge meteorite impact about 3.7 million years ago. The destruction must have been massive, but today it is an impressive natural attraction worthy to be on this top 7 craters list.

Tswaing Crater, South Africa

Tswaing crater, South Africa

Tswaing crater ©brianvds/Flickr

Formed on the territory of today’s South Africa, the Tswaing Crater is 220,000 years old. Now it is 100 meters deep and 1 km wide – and really beautiful!

Pingualuit Crater, Canada

Pingaluit crater in Canada

Pingaluit crater ©femina.hu

The 3 km wide Pingualuit crater was formed 1.4 million years ago and is located in New Quebec, Canada. It was created by an impact of the power of 8,500 Hiroshima nuclear bombs.

Wolfe Creek Crater, Australia

Wolfe Creek Crater, Australia

Wolfe Creek Crater ©femina.hu

The Australian Wolfe Creek Crater was created about 300,000 years ago, it is 120 m deep and 875 m wide and as you can see on the photo, really impressive – one of my favorites!

Barringer Crater, United States

Baringer Crater

Baringer Crater ©eiharaldseid/Flickr

The best preserved and probably most well known of craters is Barringer Crater in Arizona, in the United States. 1.2 km wide and 170 m deep, it is really interesting and well worth a visit.

 

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