For more than a century, academics have speculated that about 79,000 years ago, a meteorite 1.2 miles (1.9 kilometers) wide hit the Earth and scattered black “glass-like spots” in 20 percent of the eastern hemisphere. Although many people agree with this theory, it is a pity that the behemoth has not been found for a long time. Now, a team of scientists has come up with new predictions, pointing out that its crater sits in the southern part of the Southeast Asian country of Laos, now known as the Bolaven Plateau.
Imagination (from: NASA / Don Davis, via Cnet)
CNN reported the new discovery earlier, saying it is expected to solve the mystery that has lasted more than a hundred years. On December 30, the study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) with the original title:
Australasia impact crater buried under the Bolavon volcano in southern Laos
Australasian impact buried under the Bolaven crater crater field, Southern Laos
“We provided evidence of formation, geochemistry, geophysics, and geojucology to prove that the crater, which is about 15 km in diameter, was buried under a young volcanic field in southern Laos,” the scientists wrote.
The researchers suggest that the elusive mountain pass is buried under a lava bed in the 218-mile-long Volcano of the Boavon Plateau.
The estimated width of the mountain pass is about 8 miles (13 kilometers) and the length is 11 miles (18 companies).
Even so, the case is not yet closed. Next, the scientists will go deep into the formation slated under the lava to verify that the mountain pass is at where they predicted it.