List of impact craters in Africa
Confirmed impact craters
This list of impact craters in Africa includes all confirmed impact craters (a total of 20) as listed in the Earth Impact Database. These features were caused by the collision of large meteorites or comets with the Earth. For eroded or buried craters, the stated diameter typically refers to an estimate of original rim diameter, and may not correspond to present surface features.
Unconfirmed impact craters
The following craters are officially considered "unconfirmed" because they are not listed in the Earth Impact Database. Due to stringent requirements regarding evidence and peer-reviewed publication, newly discovered craters or those with difficulty collecting evidence generally are known for some time before becoming listed. However, entries on the unconfirmed list could still have an impact origin disproven.
|Kebira||Gilf Kebir region, Egypt||31 km||100 million||24°40′N 24°58′E / 24.667°N 24.967°E|
|Temimichat||Mauritania||0.75 km||unknown||24°15′N 9°39′W / 24.250°N 9.650°W|
|Wembo-Nyama ring structure||DR Congo||36–46 km (est.)||60 million||3°37′52″S 24°31′07″E / 3.63111°S 24.51861°E|
|Mahas1||Northern, Sudan||2.85 km||Unknown||20°01′53″N 30°13′40″E / 20.03139°N 30.22778°E|
1Mahas was anonymously added Jan 2015, but the coordinates do show a convincing impact-like structure.
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