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Ancient Greenland meteor crater good news for Canadian nickel miner

The discovery of the oldest known meteorite impact crater on Earth - a vanishingly faint, 100-km wide impression in southwest Greenland created by a colossal space rock at least three billion years ago - could prove to be a bonanza for the Canadian nickel-mining company with exploration rights at the site.
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Oldest known impact crater found

A 100 kilometre-wide crater has been found in Greenland, the result of a massive asteroid or comet impact a billion years before any other known collision on Earth.
The spectacular craters on the Moon formed from impacts with asteroids and comets between 3 and 4 billion years ago. The early Earth, with its far greater gravitational mass, must have experienced even more collisions at this time - but the evidence has been eroded away or covered by younger rocks. The previously oldest known crater on Earth formed 2 billion years ago and the chances of finding an even older impact were thought to be, literally, astronomically low.

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Expedition finds worlds oldest impact site

Scientific detective work has discovered the oldest known impact site in the world. The 100km wide scar in Greenland was caused when a large asteroid or comet collided with the Earth three billion years ago.
The previous oldest known crater, in South Africa, was blasted out of the planet a billion years later.

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Location: 6515'N, 5150'E



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