What is the most recent impact crater on Earth?

Every day pieces of matter so small that they disintegrate upon entering the atmosphere fall on Earth. However, some are so large that they manage to break through and reach the surface.

To our knowledge, the most recent impact crater on Earth occurred on September 15, 2007.

The crater was produced by a stony meteorite, that is, a chondrite, which fell on a dry riverbed near the town of Carancas, south of Lake Titicaca, in Peru.

The impact formed a depression 14.2 meters wide and at least 3.5 meters deep.

It is one of the few meteorite impacts witnessed by humans. For this reason, at the time, the pieces of the fallen meteorite were sold at 2.5 euros per gram.

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