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01-19-2007, 10:32 AM
This is a discussion thread for the following file:<br><br><b><a href=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/dlfile12518/Silverpit-crater.htm>Silverpit crater</a></b><br><br>The Silverpit crater in the North Sea was discovered in 2002 during a seismic oil exploration .<br />
The crater is about 2.4 km wide and surrounded by a set of concentric rings, which extend to about 10 km away from its centre.<br />
Its age is thought to be about 65 million years old, roughly coincident with the formation of the Chicxulub Crater.<br />
The crater currently lies below a layer of sediment up to 1,500 m in depth, which forms the bed of the North Sea at a depth of about 40 m. Studies suggest that at the time of the crater's formation, the area was under 50 to 300 m of water.<br />
However, alternative origins have subsequently been proposed.<br />
If confirmed, it would be the UK's first known impact crater.<br><br><img src=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/images/new/080505/877102crater.jpg>