Dating of the Reo site (Island of Saaremaa, Estonia) with silicate and iron microspherules points to an exact age of the fall of the Kaali meteorite
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Institute of History, Tallinn University, Rüütli 6, 10130, Tallinn, Estonia
Institute of Ecology, Tallinn University, Uus-Sadama 5, 10120, Tallinn, Estonia
Institute of Geology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Makow Polnych 16, 61-606, Poznan, Poland
Online publication date: 2012-09-22
Publication date: 2012-12-01
Geochronometria 2012;39(4):262-267
Pollen analyses and radiocarbon dates from the bottom sediments in the Kaali main crater suggested that the crater group is at least 4000–5000 years old. Investigations of silicate impact micro-spherules in surrounding mires (Raukas et al. 1995) put the age about 7500–7600 yr BP. Recently we found both silicate and iron microspherules from organic sediments below well-dated beach ridge in Reo site what supports the conclusions that the most realistic age of the Kaali craters is 7600±50 14C BP (8335–8537 cal BP) and the meteorite fall was from SSE to NNW.
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