Lake created by a meteor

Lonar Lake in Maharashtra

Located in Buldana district of Maharashtra, Lonar Lake was created around 52,000 years ago when a meteor weighing 2 million tonnes crashed into Earth at an estimated speed of 90,000 km/h.

It gouged a hole 1.8 km wide and 150 m deep making it Earth’s largest and only hyper-velocity impact crater in basaltic rock.

The lake is both saline and alkaline in nature and historical documents say that it produces all the elements to make glass and soap.