Explore fifty of earth's most obvious asteroid impact sites with satellite images and maps. Use the buttons in the upper left to navigate and change your zoom level. To navigate just grab the image and drag it around. Switch between maps and satellite images using the buttons in the upper right. To recenter, double click on the map/image.
There are many other craters. We have selected the ones that are easiest for the inexperienced viewer to recognize.
Featured craters include: Meteor Crater in Arizona, USA; Chicxulub on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico; Aorounga in Chad; Roter Kamm in South West Africa / Namibia; Mistastin Lake in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada; Manicouagan in Quebec; Clearwater Lakes in Quebec; Deep Bay in Saskathchewan; Bosumtwi in Ghana; Grosses Bluff in Northern Territory, Australia; Kara-Kul in Tajikistan; New Quebec in Quebec, Canada; Goat Paddock Crater in Kimberley Plateau, Northwestern Australia; Gweni Fada Structure, Chad; Acraman Structure, South Australia; Vredefort Dome in South Africa; Teague / Shoemaker Structure in Western Australia; Ouarkziz Structure in Algeria; and Ramgarh Crater in Eastern Rajasthan, India; Lumparn in Finland; Janisjarvi in Russia; Brent in Ontario, Canada; La Moinerie in Quebec, Canada; Goyder in Northern Territory, Australia; Mien in Sweden; Liverpool in Northern Territory, Australia; Lappajarvi in Finland; Chiyli in Kazakhstan; Haughton in Northwest Territories, Canada; El'gygytgyn in Russia; Aouelloul in Mauritania; Tenoumer in Mauritania; Tabun-Khara-Obo in Mongolia; Pretoria Saltpan in South Africa; Lonar in India; Nicholson in Northwest Territories, Canada; Serra Da Cangalha in Brazil; Gow in Saskatchewan, Canada; Riachao Ring in Brazil; Oasis in Libya; B.P. Structure in Libya; Mount Toondina in South Australia; Tin Bider in Algeria; Chukcha in Russia; Upheaval Dome in Utah; Talemzane in Algeria; Monturaqui in Chile; Wolfe Creek in Western Austsralia; and Amguid in Algeria.
Many people refer to these structures as "Meteorite Craters". "Meteor" is the proper term for the object as it streaks through Earth's atmosphere. "Meteorite" is the term used for the object after it has fallen to Earth's surface. "Meteor crater" is the most common useage for craters produced by a meteor impact.
Contributor: Hobart King
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