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2005-07-14 09:48:00

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A giant crater formed 2 billion years ago when a meteorite smashed into what is now South Africa has been added to the United Nations' list of protected heritage sites, South Africa said Thursday. The Vredefort Dome -- the world's oldest and biggest meteorite impact site -- joined the global list that includes natural and manmade wonders like Australia's Great Barrier Reef and the Great Wall of China. The Dome was formed when a meteorite, or asteroid, some 10 km (6...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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