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Earth Impacts

Part of Hall of Meteorites.

Earth Impacts section at the Hall of Meteorites showcasing meteorites and text. C. Chesek/©AMNH

During Earth's 4.5 billion year history, countless meteorites have crashed onto the planet. Many of these impacts initially left behind craters, ranging from small pits to huge cavities dozens of miles across. Yet so far, people have found only about 200 meteorite impact craters.</