Esmarie Has a Farm in Africa!

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Esmarie’s Farmhouse

Dear Commons Community,

I have just returned from a weekend at Esmarie Styrdom’s farm where she raises Black Angus and Brahman cattle.  It is located in an area called The Dome where a large meteor, comet, or asteroid estimated to be 3 to 6 miles in diameter struck the Earth more than 2 billion years ago. The Vredefort crater, as its known,  is the largest verified impact crater on Earth, measuring more than 190 miles in diameter when it was formed.  Erosion has pretty much worn away the ridges of the crater but the ancient rock strata can still be seen.

Esmarie’s farm is impressive measuring 380 hectares (almost 1000 acres).  Monkeys, game, ostriches, and baboons can be seen in the surrounding areas.  It was quite a pleasant stay especially the evenings when we sat by a fire and took in the sunsets that Africa is famous for.  At night, you can hear jackals and other animals howling.

Most relaxing especially since there is absolutely no Internet connection.

Thank you, Esmarie!



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  2. Christine,

    The crater was estimated to be 190 miles in diameter when the impact occurred which would roughly be the distance between the Graduate Center and Atlantic City. Unfortunately, after almost 2 billion years, the edges of the crater have eroded.


  3. Sorry, I am jealous that you are seeing all this beauty. However, all this time I waited for the crater and you did not take one photo!