Lonar Lake, Buldana District is a nearly circular crater, suspected to have developed
due to impact of a large meteorite on Deccan Basaltic rocks of Cretaceous age.
A meteorite is a recovered fragment of natural object orbiting in space, that has
survived transit through the earth's atmosphere. Such hypervelocity large meteoritic
impacts on earth produces craters. Approximately 130 terrestrial craters are currently
recognised, ranging in size up to several hundred kilometers in diameter and age upto
2 Ga. The Lonar Crater has an average diameter of 1710 m, average rimheight of 40 m
and depth of 230 – 245 m. The circular depression bears a saline water lake in its
The area is located just SW of Lonar town which is linked to Mehkar and Buldana
by road. Lonar is about 90 km SE of Buldana. The nearest railhead is at Parbhani,
100 km SSE of Lonar.
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