UNITED STATES.- A few years ago a crater 31 kilometers in diameter was discovered under the glaciers of Greenland. And a new discovery could guarantee that the meteorite’s impact wouldn’t have gone as far as previously thought. For this reason, it has been pointed out that it might even be one of the largest ever found on the entire Earth. In this way, a computer simulation was carried out where it was shown that the ice sheet of the arctic island could be between 1.5 and 2 kilometers thick. Likewise, it was clarified that the level of glaciation is associated with the time of the Upper Pleistocene. Thus, the study specifies that the event could have occurred between 2.6 million years and 11,700 years. In this sense, it was explained, in the article to be published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters in July, that the reason why the meteorite is believed to have fallen into the ice is due to an ejection of rock on the perimeter of the crater. Meanwhile, it should be noted that this surface depression is called “Hiawatha” in honor of the legendary leader of the indigenous Iroquois people. “While some 190 impact structures have been listed so far, this apparent crater is interesting because it appears geologically young and well preserved and, if confirmed, will be among the largest ever found on Earth,” said said Elizabeth Silber, member from Western Ontario. University, Canada and first author of the study. On the other hand, this asteroid has been constantly studied. The scientific community was amazed by the metal fragments that were found in the 19th and 20th centuries in northeast Greenland. Many of them are even on display in museums in Denmark and the United States. For now, Hiawatha is considered number 22 in the ranking of the world’s largest craters.
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