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Scientists confirm the discovery of the first impact crater under the Greenland ice sheet

Updated : November 16, 2018 09:16 PM IST

Scientists have discovered the first meteorite impact crater in northwestern Greenland. The crater is buried beneath nearly a kilometre of ice under the Hiawatha glacier.

It is one of the 25 largest known impact craters on earth.Roughly 1,000 feet deep and 13 kilometers in diameter.The discovery was made by an international team of researchers, including a NASA glaciologist.

Scientists spotted this crater in July 2015 as an enormous, circular depression under Hiawatha glacier.This was discovered as a part of NASA's airborne missions in Greenland.

According to scientists, the crater was formed less than 3 million years ago.When an iron meteorite more than half a mile wide smashed into northwest Greenland. This resulted in a depression which later got covered by ice.

Scientists believe that the crater might have occurred during the end of the last ice age which means it could be among the youngest craters on the planet.
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