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Rieskrater / Ries Crater - Nordlingen, Bavaria, Germany
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Trail Blaisers
N 48° 51.235 E 010° 29.218
32U E 609076 N 5412282
Quick Description: A meteor impacted this area about 15 million years ago. // Ein Meteor traf dieses Gebiet vor etwa 15 Millionen Jahren.
Location: Bayern, Germany
Date Posted: 6/16/2018 7:29:18 AM
Waymark Code: WMYH7R
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member monkeykat
Views: 2

Long Description:
The given coordinates are for the Rieskrater Museum located inside the walls of Nordlingen, a medieval town in Bavaria. The lead photo is of a rock display found behind the museum.

The meteor that created the crater is estimated to have been 1.5 km in diameter. he impact created a round shaped crater 24 km in diameter. A smaller impactor, only about 150 m in diameter, hit the ground about 42 km kilometres to the south-west creating a 3.8 km crater. The smaller crater is called Steinheim.

The museum's collection includes a genuine moon rock from Apollo 16 on loan from NASA in return for using the Nordlingen crater for training for the Apollo 14 astronauts due to its similarities to a moon crater. The museum is affiliated with the nearby Geopark Ries (UNESCO - International Network of Geoparks), whose mission is to protect the crater. The museum opened in May 1990 and received its millionth visitor on 15 December 2012.
Type of Crater: Simple

Crater Diameter: 24 km

Age of Crater: 15,000,000.00

Crater Web Page: Not listed

View from the Coordinates: Not listed

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