Vredefort Impact Site, South Africa - the oldest and largest meteorite impact site on earth

The multiple-ringed Vredefort Crater, South Africa - is the largest verified impact crater on Earth, more than when it was formed.

Vredefort Dome, approximately 120 km south-west of Johannesburg, is a representative part of a larger meteorite impact structure, or astrobleme. Dating back 2,023 million years, it is the oldest astrobleme yet found on Earth. With a radius of 190 km, it is also the largest and the most deeply eroded. Vredefort Dome bears witness to the world’s greatest known single energy release event, which had devastating global effects including, according to some scientists, major evolutionary changes.

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Young earth v. old earth: If this had happened sometime within the last 6,000 years, I kind of think it would have been noticed. :)  "The multiple-ringed Vredefort Crater - The asteroid that hit Vredefort is estimated to have been one of the largest ever to strike Earth (at least since the Hadean Eon some four billion years ago), thought to have been approximately 5–10 km (3.1–6.2 mi) in diameter. The bolide that created the Sudbury Basin could have been even larger."

NASA's photo of the Vredefort Dome in South Africa, the largest verified impact crater on earth. The asteroid that caused it billion years ago is thought to have been approximately km mi) in diameter.

Meteor Crater, also known as Barringer Crater, in Winslow, Arizona, measures nearly a mile wide and 570 feet in depth. There are more than 160 known meteorite craters on the surface of Earth. PHOTOGRAPH REPRODUCED BY PERMISSION OF PHOTO RESEARCHERS, INC.

Vredefort crater in the Free State, South Africa: the largest verified impact crater on Earth. In it was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites for its geologic interest.

Sudbury crater Credit: NASA  Sudbury crater in Ontario, Canada, clocks in at 81 miles (130 km) wide and 1.85 billion years old, close in age and size to Vredefort crater in South Africa. The original crater is believed to have sprawled 160 miles (260 km). Rock fragments from the impact have been found in Minnesota, over 500 miles (800 km) away.

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10 Biggest Impact Craters on Earth: The oldest impact crater on Earth is also the largest. Vredefort crater in South Africa

Vredefort crater, South Africa

Vredefort crater, South Africa

A timeline of the earth's history indicating when the Vredefort crater was formed in relation to some of the other important South African geological events. W indicates when the Witwatersrand Supergroup was laid down, C the Cape Supergroup, and K the Karoo Supergroup. The graph also indicates the period during which banded ironstone formations were formed on earth, indicative of an oxygen-free atmosphere.  -- Vredefort crater - Wikipedia

A timeline of the earth's history indicating when the Vredefort crater was formed in relation to some of the other important South African geological events. W indicates when the Witwatersrand Supergroup was laid down, C the Cape Supergroup, and K the Karoo Supergroup. The graph also indicates the period during which banded ironstone formations were formed on earth, indicative of an oxygen-free atmosphere. -- Vredefort crater - Wikipedia

Largest impact crater on earth Vredefort Crater, South Africa

Largest impact crater on earth Vredefort Crater, South Africa

Crash! 10 Biggest Impact Craters on Earth.   Vredefort crater

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This happens when a cosmic companion hits us. See city top right for scale... Vredefort crater in SouthAfrica. Picture: Astronaut Alexander Gerst

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This happens when a cosmic companion hits us. See city top right for scale. Vredefort crater in SouthAfrica.

Vredefort Impact Crater – Vredefort, South Africa - Atlas Obscura

Vredefort Impact Crater

Vredefort Impact Crater – Vredefort, South Africa - Atlas Obscura

Vredefort Crater in South Africa ~ (NatWonders)

Vredefort Crater in South Africa ~ (NatWonders)

Earth's Oldest and Biggest Crater Yields New Secrets

Earth's Oldest and Biggest Crater Yields New Secrets

World Heritage Sites in South Africa - Vredefort Dome, Free State and North West Province

Lisa Cupelli at an outcrop of gabbronorite at the Vredefort impact crater.

Earth's Oldest and Biggest Crater Yields New Secrets

Geologists report finding pockets of impact melt and impact ejecta from Vredefort crater, the oldest and largest crater on Earth.

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