6/25/2012

Asia’s largest meteorite crater found?


Remember this dialogue in The Armageddon about the asteroid?

Karl: …The person that finds her gets to name her right?
Dan: Yes-yes, that’s right, that’s right…
Karl: I wanna name her Dottie, after my wife… She's a vicious life-sucking bitch from which there is no escape.
 

I recalled this episode when I found a group of objects, which I immediately recognised as craters. That is why I decided not to give the discovery my wife’s name: I do love her and do not want her name to be associated with something as fatal as a large meteorite hitting the planet.
 
Thank you Google earth! I could not believe my eyes when I saw huge craters not somewhere on the Moon or in Nevada, but right in the middle of my own beloved country, Uzbekistan! But, are these circles really craters? Because if so, then the list of world’s largest impact craters has to be revised: the craters I found are really large.


 
In fact, there is some evidence of meteorite activity in Uzbekistan. In 1989 a relatively small meteorite was seen to fall near the town of Uchkuduk; a piece of that meteorite is in the collection of the Russian Academy of Sciences. More recently, in 2006, news came out that an impact crater (40 meters deep, 10 kilometers long and 7 kilometers wide) was found in the North-East of the country, on Plateau Ustyurt, which is on the other side of the Aral Sea.   


Now look at the picture above. This circle (let's call it the Large Crater) is 115 kilometers in diameter. If it really is a crater, it should be ranked Asia's largest.

 
And here, do you see several overlapping circles? They are not as perfectly shaped as the Large Crater, but still, I have reasons to think that all these craters were formed by pieces of a large meteorite, which fell apart in the atmosphere. 


Most importantly, all the craters have large gold and silver mines. If my theory is correct, there has to be more precious ore in the craters, especially in the middle of the Large Crater.


And here is another interesting finding. I was looking for smaller craters to support my theory of a broken meteorite, and found this Baby Crater. Located 25 kilomteres from the Large Crater, it has only 800 meters in diameter. However, there is no evidence to say that Baby Crater has the same origins as its huge neighbours.



Of course, the theory of a major meteorite collision has to be endorsed by scientific community. Besides, it would be great to go to the place, and see everything with my own eyes. If there is anyone who wants to support or join the expedition, please write to timur.abdullaevs.blog@gmail.com. 

I wonder, what Meteorite Men would say about this?..

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