Vredefort crater - South Africa 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. The original crater was estimated to have a diameter of roughly 300 km (190 mi), although this has been eroded away. It would have been larger than the 250…
Vredefort Dome - World Heritage Site - Things to Do in Free State
Vredefort Dome, approximately 120km south-west of Johannesburg, is part of a larger meteorite impact structure, or astrobleme....
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VREDEFORT DOME WORLD HERITAGE SITE - FREE STATE - SOUTH AFRICA
Vredefort Dome - The largest and most visible meteorite impact crater on Earth! A meteorite larger than Table Mountain slammed into the ground near what is now Vredefort in the Free State. The resulting thousand-megaton blast of energy was nature's equivalent of a nuclear catastrophe. Except that in this case, life was probably kick-started by the development of oxygen and multicellular life linked to the impact. Excavating a crater 90km wide and 20km deep, the explosion and shock wave…
Vredefort Dome UNESCO World Heritage Site, South Africa
Background information and travel tips on visiting Vredefort Dome, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in South Africa.
Visit Deep Impact - The Vredefort Dome
Two views of the dyke at Daskop, looking towards the west, are shown above. This is near the centre of the impact. Its width at the surface is a few metres, but it is hundreds of metres long where it is exposed here.