Lonar Lake Buldhana

Lonar Lake Lonar Crater Buldhana
Lonar Lake, which was created by a meteor hitting the Earth during the Pleistocene  epoch (The Pleistocene is the epoch from 2.588 million to 12,000 years), is a saltwater lake at Lonar in Buldana district, Maharashtra, India. The impact crater thereby formed is the only hypervelocity (The term hypervelocity usually refers to a very high velocity, approximately over 3,000 meters per second) meteoritic impact crater on basalt rock.  A lake that evolved in the resulting basaltic rock formation, is both saline  and alkaline in nature. Geologists, ecologists, archaeologists, naturalists and astronomers have reported several studies on the various aspects of this crater lake ecosystem. Lonar Lake has a mean diameter of 1.2 kilometres (3,900 ft) and is about 137 metres (449 ft) below the crater rim. Biological Nitrogen Fixation has been discovered in this Lake recently in the year 2007.

Recently, Magnetotactic bacteria have been discovered in the lake.
The lake was first mentioned in ancient scriptures such as the Skanda Purana, the Padma Puran and the Aaina-i-Akbari. The first European to visit the lake was British  officer, J.E. Alexander in 1823.
Location of Lonar Lake Buldhana

Lunar Lake on youtube

See Also
Pune Mirror Report on Lonar Lake Buldhana
Khagol Vishwa, Pune Lonar Meteoritic Impact Crater Conservation and Research Program
Ramgarh Crater
Vredefort Crater
Meteor Impact Craters
Craters on the earth Part 1
Craters on the earth Part 2
Craters on the earth Part 13
Location of Lunar Lake Buldhana Please click on the Blue Icon to see the Lonar Lake Lonar Crater video

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