Dhala crater

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Dhala crater (N25°17'59.7" and E78°8'3.1") is a crater formed by an asteroid impact.[1] It is situated in Shivpuri district, Madhya Pradesh India and is the second such crater found in India, after Lonar lake.[2] The diameter of the structure is estimated at 11 km and basement rocks are predominantly composed of granitoids. It is estimated that the impact occurred between 1.6 and 2.5 Ga[3] or about 2,500 million years ago.

Largest in India[edit]

Dhala crater is considered as the largest in India as well as between the Mediterranean and Southeast Asia.[2][3] The crater is considered a "large complex impact structure" with an estimated diameter extending up to 25 km.[4] Dhala is the largest impact structure currently known in the region between the Mediterranean and southeast Asia.


  1. ^ "Dhala". Earth Impact Database. University of New Brunswick. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  2. ^ a b PTI (11 January 2009). "Indian geologist discovers oldest impact structure in India". Live Mint, News. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Pati.K., J. (2008). "DHALA - A NEW, COMPLEX, PALEOPROTEROZOIC IMPACT STRUCTURE IN CENTRAL INDIA" (PDF). Large Meteorite Impacts and Planetary Evolution IV (2008). Retrieved 2008.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ Vishwas, S Kale (2014). Landscapes and Landforms of India. Springer. p. 229. ISBN 9789401780292. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 

Coordinates: 25°18′N 78°8′E / 25.300°N 78.133°E / 25.300; 78.133