It is north of China. At first glance, it’s not that obvious. Scientists have found ancient geological traces. The gigantic meteorite impact crater is gigantic. It is in the shape of a crescent moon and was found in Heilongjiang Province in northeast China.
The Xinhua news agency reported. It is a major meteorite impact crater. The largest on earth found in the past 100,000 years.
The result was published in the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science. The announcement was made on July 29th. Chinese scientists from the Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry contributed to the study. Also the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the University of Vienna in Austria.
Where is the Yilan crater located in its center? It is located 19 kilometers northwest of the city of Yilan County. It is a province of Heilongjiang. It is located in the mountainous area of the southeastern edge of the small Xing’an Mountains. And it’s one of the best-preserved forests in the region.
The structure is a crescent-shaped meteorite impact crater. And that’s very rare on earth, said Chen Ming. He is one of the authors of the article. He is also a researcher at the Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry.
The details are in the article in the journal. “It was exposed in the early Jurassic granite. The southern third of the crater rim is missing. But other sections are well preserved. The experts analyzed the effects. They regard it as “clear evidence of the shock metamorphosis”. And therefore from an influence on the structure of Yilan ».
The gigantic meteorite impact crater has a diameter of 1.85 kilometers. And they’re 579 meters deep. Its maximum height above the crater floor is 150 meters.
What comes after the find? The region could become a crater laboratory. Future studies of the geological events in this area are encouraging. And is that before the meteorite fell there was a lake.