Our planet is filled with a significant number of meteor crater of 190, yet researchers didn’t succeed in finding out the age for all of them. A NASA researcher, however, examined the age of the Yarrabubba meteor crater in Australia and realized a fantastic discovery. He identified the hole to be 2.229 billion years old.
Such a thing makes the crater to be one of the most ancient craters so far.
“It’s 200 million years older than the previously oldest known crater, which was the over 200-kilometer Vredefort Dome crater in South Africa,” detailed NASA’s research scientist Timmons Erickson.
Erickson realized the discovery while conducting a team that got members from different universities, such as the Curtin University from Australia, or the Imperial College London. The team confirmed their successful quest recently in Nature Communications.
The Importance of the Most Ancient Impact Crater On Earth
Researchers are involved in finding out the age of those meteor strikes because those collisions likely had an essential role in the Earth’s history and the environmental growth. Many of us are probably aware of the theory that dinosaurs were cleared out by a climatic series effect triggered by a meteor that hit Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula 66 million years ago.
“Scientists wonder how meteor impacts might relate to the formation of the continents,” said Erickson.
The Yarrabubba result construction Erikson studied is settled in an extremely remote area of Western Australia. The initial crater is thought to have been almost 70 kilometers across, though today is only 20 kilometers.
The region is ancient, too, but it doesn’t seem like the average impact crater that would have a noticeable edge and broad vessel. Somewhat, Yarrabubba’s original-defining features have been fading away by rain, wind, and other natural drives, becoming very edgy and rocky.