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Trading store sign, Vredefort Dome, near Parys South Africa
 
 What appears to be the original sign from a trading store on the road through the Vredefort Dome, near Parys, some 120 km from Johannesburg.
 The Vredefort Dome is a World Heritage site and was formed when a huge meteorite struck the earth approximately 2023million years years ago. The crater formed had a diameter of around 300km but subsequent erosion has seen this reduce to 70km nowadays.
 The meteorite impact that happened in the Free State made a crater that was about 300 km wide (from Johannesburg to Welkom!). This is the biggest meteorite impact that geologists have yet found on Earth and it is nearly twice as big as the impact that killed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. This makes it a site of great importance for scientists. It is also the oldest impact crater that has been found on Earth. It is mainly for these reasons that it has been made a World Heritage Site.

Read more about the Vredefort Dome on Wikipedia and how it was formed here.

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Image: Hilton Hamann

 

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