Popigai crater is one of the largest on Earth • Earth.com

Last update: June 15th, 2021 at 4:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the Popigai crater in northern Siberia, which is the fourth largest verified impact crater on Earth.

The crater was formed about 36 million years ago by an asteroid between three and five miles wide that was moving at a speed of about 12 miles per second.

The depression sinks about 500 to 650 feet below the surrounding land. It is located about 100 kilometers from the Laptev Sea coast.

The image was created using Blue Marble data, a cloud-free composite of monthly observations from NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) observations. 

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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