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Largest Impact Crater on Earth

The largest confirmed impact crater on Earth is the Vredefort Crater, located in South Africa. It is also known as the Vredefort Dome and has a diameter of about 300 kilometers (186 miles). The Vredefort Crater is estimated to be approximately 2 billion years old and is the result of a massive asteroid impact that occurred during the Paleoproterozoic Era.

It's important to note that there are other notable impact structures on Earth, such as the Chicxulub Crater in Mexico, which is associated with the mass extinction event that resulted in the extinction of dinosaurs. However, the Chicxulub Crater is buried beneath sedimentary layers and is only visible through geological surveys and studies.

Overall, the Vredefort Crater is recognized as the largest confirmed impact crater on Earth in terms of its preserved structure and visible features.

 



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