Source: Kuressaare TIK

Kaali field of meteorite craters

The approximate time of Kaali meteorite fall is 7500-7600 years ago.
Meteorite fall caused big damages on already inhabited Saaremaa, it could be compared to explosion of atomic bomb. At the height of 5-10 km meteorite fell apart and came down to the ground in pieces the biggest of which created a big crater with diameter of 110 m and depth of 22 m and 8 smaller craters.

Around the beginning of the Common Era, a massive stone wall was built around the Lake Kaali. The many findings of the bones of domestic animals give a reason to believe that it used to be a sacrificial site.

Interesting to know: Among the world's giant craters Kaali crater is on 8th place. Kaali field of meteorite craters on Saaremaa is the rarest nature wonder in Estonia, being at the same time the most spectacular in Eurasia.

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  • Artjom M Artjom M
    Must visit

    Definitely a must visit place when driving by. The crater has some sort of sacred place atmosphere that is wort experiencing when visiting Saaremaa.

  • westerntraveler2013 westerntraveler2013
    Very interesting geological feature

    We really enjoyed our visit to this crater as we learned a lot about meteors in an excellent museum funded by the EU. We had a beautiful sunny day for our visit and had a chance to meet an Estonian...

  • articok articok
    Interesting more in theory than reality

    The Kaali crater is actually a group of 9 meteorite craters in the Kaali village. They are all filled with water, it doesn't even look like any landmark, basically craters filled with water in the...


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