Not Many People Know The Story Of Nebraska’s Ancient Meteorite Crater

Think you know everything about Nebraska’s natural history? There’s a very good chance you’ve never heard the story of what was almost one small town’s big moment in the spotlight.

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University of Nebraska researchers believe that they have disproven Dort’s theory. Still, the idea of such an enormous impact crater in an unassuming field in Nebraska is undeniably fascinating.

The Merna Crater is located just west of Merna and south of Highway 92. The Cliff Church cemetery is located at the northeastern corner of the depression. The crater is on private property, so please respect any “No Trespassing” signs. There is a geocache there on a fencepost for you geocachers – be sure to sign the guest book if you decide to drive by!

Had you ever heard the weird story of Nebraska’s almost-meteorite crater? What are your theories on the subject? Share your thoughts in the comments!