Meteor crater lakes are water formations created by impact of meteors. The crater was then filled with water and became crater lake. Meteor crater lakes are also called impact crater lakes due to the fact that they were formed due to the impact of meteors to the earth. There are several impact craters or meteor craters in the world but not all became meteor crater lakes.
Here are some of the most remarkable meteor crater lakes in the world.
Lonar Lake is a body of water which was formed by a meteor that hit the Earth during the Pleistocene Epoch. This saltwater lake is located in Lonar, Maharashtra in India. This crater lake has a mean diameter of 1.2 km while the meteor crater rim is about 1.8 km.
Siljan Lake, another impact crater lake, is located in Dalarna, Sweden. With an area of about 354 km2 including the Lake Orsasjon and Insjon, it is the sixth largest lake in Sweden. The lake has a maximum depth of 161 meters. It was formed 377 million years ago.
West Hawk Lake
West Hawk Lake is a popular lake in Canada. It is located in the Whiteshell Provincial Park in Manitoba, Canada. As a popular tourist destination, there are private cottages, public beaches, campgrounds and other facilities in the area. Popular activities in the lake include sailing, boating, wakeboarding and scuba diving. West Hawk lake is the deepest lake in Manitoba.
Kaali Crater or Kaali Lake is a group of 9 meteorite crater located in the island of Saaremaa in Estonia. They were formed about 4,000 years ago and the only known major impact event that has occurred in a populated area. The largest of the 9 craters has a diameter of 110 m and a depth of 22 m. The 8 other craters has diameters hat range from 12 to 40 meters and are all within one kilometer of the main crater.
Lake Bosumtwi is the only natural lake that exists in the African country of Ghana. The lake is about 8 km across and is a popular tourist destination in the country. The Lake Bosumtwi was formed more than one million years ago and its impact crater is 10.5 km in diameter. It is also spelled Lake Bosomtwe.
Lake Manicouagan, also known as Manicouagan Reservoir is an impact crater lake located in Quebec, Canada. It has an area of 1,942 km². This geological formation is sometimes called the “eye of Quebec”.
Lake Manicouagan has a volume of 139.8 km³ making it the 5th largest lake in the world by volume.