Neugrund crater and surrounding shallows to be placed under protection ({{commentsTotal}})

The Environmental Board plans to establish a new nature reserve that will cover the lowlands off the northwestern coast of Estonia, including the biggest meteorite crater in Estonia.

The Neugrund asteroid fell on earth around 535 million years ago, on a spot that is now located in the territory of the Nõva municipality, Lääne County, east of Osmussaar island. The asteroid, about a kilometer in diameter, left a nine-kilometer wide circular crater rim in the bottom of the sea. The ring fault surrounding the whole structure reaches 21 kilometers. For comparison, Estonia's best known crater, the Kaali main crater, has a diameter of 110 meters. You can read more about Estonian meteorite craters here.

The crater will now be placed under protection said Marju Erit, leading environmental protection specialist of the Hiiu-Lääne-Saare region. "It's a unique natural feature of global importance, known as the best-preserved underwater meteorite crater in the world," Erit told ERR radio news.

The planned reserve also aims to protect the marine life and migratory birds who nest in the area. The most common of the latter are the long-tailed ducks, tens of thousands of whom flock to the area every winter.

Whereas people can still boat, dive and fish in the shallows, wind-farms will be ruled out of the question, as these harm both the birds and the marine life. The first can plough into the turbines in adverse weather conditions, and the magnetic field of the electric cables, the noise and the vibration have a damaging effect on the latter.

Nõva Rural Municipality Mayor Deiw Rahumägi hopes the the reserve will gain international attention and attract more visitors to the area. "The smaller we are the higher the need for attractions that raise our profile within the republic as well as in Scandinavia," he said.

The Environmental Board said the reserve should be established by spring 2016.

Editor: M. Oll



Siim Kallas.

Interview: Siim Kallas on ambitions, Estonian politics, and EU presidency

Following the local elections in October this year, Reform Party founder, former prime minister, EU commissioner, and presidential candidate Siim Kallas took on the job of municipal mayor of Viimsi, a community on the outskirts of Tallinn. In his interview with ERR's Toomas Sildam, Kallas talks about local government, his party, the EU presidency, and perspectives in Estonian politics.

ERR kasutab oma veebilehtedel http küpsiseid. Kasutame küpsiseid, et meelde jätta kasutajate eelistused meie sisu lehitsemisel ning kohandada ERRi veebilehti kasutaja huvidele vastavaks. Kolmandad osapooled, nagu sotsiaalmeedia veebilehed, võivad samuti lisada küpsiseid kasutaja brauserisse, kui meie lehtedele on manustatud sisu otse sotsiaalmeediast. Kui jätkate ilma oma lehitsemise seadeid muutmata, tähendab see, et nõustute kõikide ERRi internetilehekülgede küpsiste seadetega.
Hea lugeja, näeme et kasutate vanemat brauseri versiooni või vähelevinud brauserit.

Parema ja terviklikuma kasutajakogemuse tagamiseks soovitame alla laadida uusim versioon mõnest meie toetatud brauserist: