A team of geologists has discovered a huge meteorite crater near the town of Ora Banda, northwest of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. The discovery occurred during drilling carried out by Evolution Mining to search for gold.
It is estimated that the hole, five kilometers in diameter, was born 100 million years ago. Its large dimensions exceed five times the 120,000-year-old Wolfe Creek crater, located in the same Australian state and known for its large size, with a diameter of 875 meters.
However, the new crater is not visible from the Earth's surface, as experts found it while conducting electromagnetic studies. “This discovery was made in an area where the landscape is very flat. You wouldn't know it was there because the crater has filled in over geological time, ”geophysicist Jayson Meyers explained to The Guardian.
On the other hand, the expert estimates that the Ora Banda meteorite was between 100 and 200 meters in diameter. He also believes that the find will lead to new discoveries.
“We have probably been hit by more asteroids than we thought. If we begin to recognize more of these, then the panorama begins to change, and we have to ask ourselves what is the frequency and why they happen”, added the specialist.
Finally, Meyers suggests that by better understanding geologic history, scientists could predict when similar events will occur and even forecast when an asteroid will hit Earth. (Taken from Granma) (Photo: RT)