The largest and oldest meteoric crater in the world. lonar lake is the third largest natural salt-water lake in the world. the peculiarity about the lonar crater is that it is almost perfectly circular in shape. apart from scientific significance lonar also occupies a place of prominence in ancient indian scripts. according to sanskrit literature, lonar was called viraj kshetra in ancient times[
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Lonar crater lake, located near the town of Sultanpur in Indias Maharashtra state. Measuring just over a mile wide from rim to rim, the crater is partially filled by a salty, alkaline lake 3,900 feet (1,200 meters) in diameter. The Lonar crater was created by the impact of a comet or meteor in the Pleistocene epoch roughly 52,000 years ago.
Lonar crater retains much of its original shape and appearance, due in part to the lack of glaciation in that area of India and also the hardness of the volcanic basalts which make up much of the regions bedrock.