Morphology of Lakes of the Central Tunguska Plateau (Krasnoyarsk Krai, Evenkiya): New Data on the Problem of the Tunguska Event of 1908

D. Y. Rogozin, P. S. Krylov, A. N. Dautov, A. V. Darin, I. A. Kalugin, A. V. Meydus & A. G. Degermendzhy

Doklady Earth Sciences
Published: 02 May 2023


“The bottom morphology and thickness of bottom sediments of Zapovednoye and Peyungda lakes, which were located on the territory of the Tunguska State Nature Reserve, were studied by echo-sounding and seismic reflection profiling. The lakes are situated at a distance of 50 and 60 km, respectively, from the supposed epicenter of the blast of the Tunguska Event—a massive explosion of unknown nature that occurred in 1908. It is revealed that both lakes have a circular shape and funnel-like morphology with depths of 60 and 34 m, respectively. They are similar in shape and size to Cheko Lake, which, according to some researchers, is a trace of the fall of a celestial body as a result of the Tunguska Event. Previously, the unusual shape of Cheko Lake was assumed to be unique to the area. This fact was one of the main arguments in favor of its impact origin. With the example of Zapovednoye and Peyungda lakes, we showed that the shape of Cheko Lake is not unique to this area; the age of the bottom sediments of Zapovednoye and Peyungda lakes exceeds several thousand years. The similarity of the shape of these three lakes and their location in river channels indicate their common origin and testify against the hypothesis about the impact origin of Cheko Lake as a result of the Tunguska Event of 1908.”