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Ancient Asteroid Crater Discovered
2012-06-29 14:19:28

DM Crumbliss for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Asteroid impact craters are found all over the Earth, but most are erased by erosion or covered by time. The date has moved a billion years back by the discovery of the oldest impact crater yet at 3 billion years old. The crater is 100 kilometers wide and is the result of an asteroid or comet impact. The crater was discovered near the Maniitsoq region of West Greenland by a team of scientists from the Geological Survey of...

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2010-03-10 11:20:00

Deforestation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has unveiled what could be one of the largest impact craters discovered over the past 10 years, according to a noted Italian scientist. University of Padova scholar Giovanni Monegato, who presented his findings during the recent Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Texas, was one of the researchers who spotted the 30-mile ring using satellite imagery. He states that the geologic feature, located near the Unia River, became...

2005-07-15 09:09:19

By Andrew Quinn JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The world's oldest and largest meteorite crater, part of Japan's northernmost island and two Norwegian fjords are among seven sites added to the U.N. World Heritage list this week. The United Nations Environmental, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage committee, meeting in South Africa's port city of Durban, also extended two existing sites at India's Valley of Flowers National Park and Scotland's remote St Kilda...

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...

2005-07-08 11:03:03

GENEVA (Reuters) - Some of the world's deepest Norwegian fjords and a fossil-strewn Egyptian desert are set to join the U.N.'s heritage site protection list, a key conservation agency said on Friday. The Swiss-based IUCN said the sites -- Norway's Gerangerfjord and Naeroyfjord plus Egypt's Wadi Al-Hitan, or Whale Valley -- are among eight it has recommended for approval at a meeting of the World Heritage Committee in South Africa next week. The IUCN, or World Conservation Union, which...