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 +By: Hillary Delaney
  
 The discovery of the Cumberland Gap in 1750 brought nearly 300,000 overland pioneers through the pass during the westward expansion. ​  This “break” in the wall of the Appalachian Mountains had been both a buffalo trail and a migration route used by Native people and was widely known to have been formed by water erosion. ​ In 1966, geologist Robert S. Dietz discovered unique rock patterns that were an indication of a meteor impact site, adding a new facet to our understanding of how the Cumberland Gap was formed. ​   The impact site, now called the “Middlesboro Crater” ( named for the town that occupies its center) is approximately 300 million years old, and three to four miles wide.  Experts agree that the impact caused debris expulsion, which widened the gap, and allowed for additional erosion to occur. ​ The space created allowed the pioneers’ wagons and pack animals to fit through the pass, and continue their push to the West.  The historic settlements of early Kentucky may owe a debt to the stars.  ​ The discovery of the Cumberland Gap in 1750 brought nearly 300,000 overland pioneers through the pass during the westward expansion. ​  This “break” in the wall of the Appalachian Mountains had been both a buffalo trail and a migration route used by Native people and was widely known to have been formed by water erosion. ​ In 1966, geologist Robert S. Dietz discovered unique rock patterns that were an indication of a meteor impact site, adding a new facet to our understanding of how the Cumberland Gap was formed. ​   The impact site, now called the “Middlesboro Crater” ( named for the town that occupies its center) is approximately 300 million years old, and three to four miles wide.  Experts agree that the impact caused debris expulsion, which widened the gap, and allowed for additional erosion to occur. ​ The space created allowed the pioneers’ wagons and pack animals to fit through the pass, and continue their push to the West.  The historic settlements of early Kentucky may owe a debt to the stars.  ​
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