How a Mysterious 790,000-Year-Old Meteorite Impact Site Stayed Hidden

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How a Mysterious 790,000-Year-Old Meteorite Impact Site Stayed Hidden

(Source: Rachel Siao & Nguyen Thi Nam Phuong/Earth Observatory of Singapore)

EOS Principal Investigator Professor Kerry Sieh and his team has found what might be the location of the elusive impact site of a meteorite that struck Earth 790,000 years ago.

The impact was so large, debris from the strike was flung over three continents – Asia, Australia, and Antarctica. Yet, the location of the largest-known young meteorite impact site remained a mystery for a long time.

According to Prof Sieh, the Bolaven Volcanic Field in Southern Laos bears compelling characteristics that indicate it could be the location of this long-sought impact site.

(Source: Rachel Siao & Nguyen Thi Nam Phuong/Earth Observatory of Singapore)

To find out more, the published paper can be read in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).

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