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7 Massive Meteor Craters

Becky Kellogg | TWC
Published: February 19, 2013

Lake Bosumtwi, Ghana

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The image on the right shows a satellite view of the Lake Bosumtwi Crater. The image on the right shows a boy riding on a boat on the lake.

Lake Bosumtwi is Ghana's only natural lake. It was created when a meteorite hit Earth approximately 1.3 million years ago creating a hole in the ground with a 6 mile diameter. Over time, the crater gradually filled with water to form the lake, which is central to life in the area. The Ashanti people of Ghana consider the lake sacred. They believe it's the place where souls of the dead come to bid farewell to the god Twi.


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