Kaali field of meteorite craters

KAALI MAASTIKUKAITSEALA 1, Kaali küla, Saaremaa vald, Saare maakond

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

Around the beginning of the Common Era, a massive stone wall was built around 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: the Kaali crater is in 8th place among the world's youngest giant craters. The Kaali field of meteorite craters in Saaremaa is the rarest nature wonder in Estonia and of the most spectacular crater fields in Eurasia.

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24 hours

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Getting there
Access
  • Signposted
  • Sealed access road
  • By excursion bus
  • By public transport
  • By car
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Kirill S

Kirill S

As good as it gets for this type of landmark

The crater is impressive and there is good information available on its history. Parking is nearby, and there’s also a food store if you need one.

Anastasia N

Anastasia N

Should visit once in your life

Let's say that you should visit it once...but that's all. It is must go place in Saaremaa because of it's history, but there are other places more exciting than this.

jolitab172

jolitab172

Nice place

Interesting natural phenomenon, impressive. Definitely worth a visit. Just keep in mind that it will take you there no longer than 15 minutes. If it is a sunny day, the water is a beautiful green...

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