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Scientists uncovered the ‘world’s largest’ asteroid structure buried beneath Australia.

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While our planet may be very old, we are still learning an awful lot about it thanks to the handy work of scientists.

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Although our planet has endured for countless ages, our understanding of it continues to expand as dedicated scientists unravel its mysteries.

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Recently, an astounding subterranean secret was unveiled in Australia, with the potential to revolutionize planet Earth. This discovery has captivated the world, igniting curiosity and paving the way for groundbreaking possibilities.

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Geologist Andrew Glikson, in his recent essay for The Conversation, expounds upon compelling evidence from his latest research, which suggests the existence of something truly monumental.

The discovery suggests the presence of an asteroid crater concealed beneath Australia, constituting significant news in its own right.

Moreover Glikson’s overwhelming evidence conclusively establishes it as the largest known on Earth, surpassing any other by a substantial margin.

The comprehensive study, conducted by Glikson and his colleague Tony Yeates, was recently published in the esteemed journal Tectonophysics this year. The publication serves as a testament to the meticulous research and profound insights presented within.

The asteroid is said to be the ‘world’s largest’. Credit: Getty Stock Photo
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The journal covers the Deniliquin structure, an exceptionally large asteroid formation estimated to span over 320 miles in diameter.

If proven accurate, that diameter would surpass the largest confirmed impact structure currently known worldwide.

Thedefort Crater in South Africa spans about 100 miles in width, and to add to that, there’s the equally expansive Chicxulub crater.

The significance of the Chicxulub crater lies in its potential connection to the asteroid impact that led to the extinction of dinosaurs. This geological marvel holds crucial clues to unraveling the mysteries of our planet’s history.

There is compelling evidence supporting the authenticity of this structure, as highlighted by Glikson in The Conversation. According to him, “The Deniliquin structure exhibits all the characteristics one would anticipate in a massive impact structure.”

“For instance, magnetic readings of the area reveal a symmetrical rippling pattern in the crust around the structure’s core.

“This was likely produced during the impact as extremely high temperatures created intense magnetic forces.”

The asteroid structure is said to sit underneath Australia. Credit: Getty Stock Photo

Given its immense size, one might wonder how such a structure can remain concealed beneath our feet for an extended period of time, evading detection.

Glikson explained: “When an asteroid strikes, it creates a crater with an uplifted core. This is similar to how a drop of water splashes upward from a transient crater when you drop a pebble in a pool.”

The scientist further commented that over millions of years, the structure gradually undergoes erosion, resulting in its diminished prominence.

Numerous factors indicate that the formation appears to be an asteroid crater. These include the presence of symmetrical crustal ripples, which arise from the intense temperatures resulting from an impact event.