The age of the Kaali meteorite craters and the effect of the impact on the environment and man: evidence from inside the Kaali craters, island of Saaremaa, Estonia

  title={The age of the Kaali meteorite craters and the effect of the impact on the environment and man: evidence from inside the Kaali craters, island of Saaremaa, Estonia},
  author={Siim Veski and Atko Heinsalu and V. Lang and {\"U}lo Kestlane and G{\"o}ran Possnert},
  journal={Vegetation History and Archaeobotany},
The Kaali meteorite impact crater field, which consists of a 110 m diameter main crater and eight satellite craters on the island of Saaremaa, Estonia is a unique object as its meteoritic origin is well proven, it lies in a densely populated area and fell in the relatively recent past. The precise age of the impact that generated the craters is still disputed. We investigated the basal sediment section from the main crater lake, Kaali järv, consisting of crushed and in-washed dolomite… 

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