Vs: [meteorite-list] Re:Kaali meteorite - Estonia, 400BC?
From: Tõnu Pani <tpani_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 10:01:30 2004
The most correct name is Kaali craters, as Kaali järv is a small lake
inside the biggest of Kaali craters /diam of crater 110m, deph 16m, lake
itself 40-60m and depth 6m/. The 8 smaller craters have diam 12-40m and
depths 1-4 m.
The most prominent proponent for the interregional knowledge about the
craters in antique times is Estonian former president (1992-2001)
Lennart Meri. Among his books and films there are
Hõbevalge (Silverwhite /or silvery white/) in 1976 and Hõbevalgem /More
silvery white/ in 1984. In the last one he built the theory about the
Pytheas jorney to Kaali. This theory was met by very severe criticism by
other hiostorians /Meri graduated in 1953 as historian here, in Tartu/.
But however, such a big event had to impress the people living nearby.
And in old estonian myths the was a god Tharapita, who flew over Estonia
in the same direction and way, as the Kaali meteorite
with best regards
> > > large crater in Estonia, and several (as many as
> > > 8?) smaller craters>
> > 400-370 B.C. at ± 1o / The nine Kaalijärv craters
> > > on the Estonian
> > > island of Saaremaa (Ösel)
> > > VESKI S. et al. (2001) Ecological catastrophe in
> > > connection with the
> > > impact of the Kaali Meteorite about 800-400 BC on
> > > the island of
> > > Saaremaa, Estonia
> > > About 800-400 B.C. a meteoroid hit a then relatively
> > > densely populated
> > > island, forming the Kaali meteorite impact craters.
> Indirect written
> > > historical records interpreted as describing the
> > > Kaali meteorite blast
> > > event come from Tacitus (1942) and Pytheas from
> > > Massalia.
Received on Tue 04 Jun 2002 06:51:31 AM PDT