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Parys Potchefstroom Bridge Sunset 2
South Africa

Sunset from the R53 bridge from Parys to Potchefstroom over the Vaal River.

The unique surrounding in which the town of Parys is situated, had its origin roughly around 2000 million years ago when a giant meteorite struck the earth just south east of Vredefort in the Free State Province . The impact structure that was subsequently formed has come to be known as the Vredefort Dome, the oldest and largest meteorite impact site on earth, measuring about 200km in diameter.

Read more on http://www.parys.info/discoverparys_historyofparys.htm

Copyright: Jacques Philip Cato
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Taken: 27/12/2009
Uploaded: 03/01/2010
Updated: 10/09/2014
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