India’s 4 Prehistoric Meteoric Craters

Here on Earth, flying space debris triggered mass extinctions, but the same deadly asteroids might also have delivered the seeds of life soon after Earth was born. The effects of asteroid impacts linger for billions of years.
Here is all you need to know about India’s 4 prehistoric meteoric craters.
1) Lonar Lake: The Meteor Mystery that has even NASA Intrigued.

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52,000 years ago, a meteor crashed in Maharashtra. Today, Lonar Lake is the stuff of sci-fi. Lonar is named after the demon, Lonasura, and is ringed by fascinating temples. The Lake is the Earth’s largest and only hyper-velocity impact crater in basaltic rock. NASA scientists and officials from the Geological Survey of India are still attempting to answers questions about it, like: Why is the lake alkaline and saline at the same time? Why does it support micro-organisms rarely found elsewhere on Earth? Why do compasses fail to work in certain parts of the crater? And what lurks at the bottom?
2) Ramgarh Astrobleme

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The Ramgarh Crater, India’s second largest crater is located 12 KM away on the eastern side of Mangrol town in Baran district of Rajasthan. The crater is so vast that it can be seen from 50 KM away. The bowl-shaped meteor crater also holds within it two small lakes and a 1000-year-old Bhand Deora temple.
3. Dhala Crater – An Impact Crater

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The Dhala crater, is one of the oldest impact structures in the world, created by an asteroid of the size of about one km in diameter about 2,500 million years ago, also this is the largest confirmed impact structure reported between Mediterranean and south-east Asia.
4) The Shiva Crater

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According to a new theory, a 25-mile-wide asteroid, slammed into our planet off the western coast of India about 300,000 years ago creating a 300-mile-wide depression on the Indian Ocean seafloor. This depression is today called the Shiva Crater, after the Hindu god of destruction and renewal. The crater is largely submerged and buried by a 2 to 7-km-thick strata and is the largest oilfield in India.
Though years of erosion have made it difficult to determine the exact age of the impact and the exact size of the meteorites, these craters are enduring testaments to direct hits by otherworldly rocks.

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