TIMELINE: The largest meteor falls through history

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If it weren't for big meteors hitting earth, we wouldn't have the Sudbury Basin or gold mining.

Roxana Torre made this infographic, viewable after the jump, that looks at 600 years of meteor finds and counting the number of falls.

"On the map it's easy to see that the most falls and finds happen in populated areas, so there are probably many other landings which have not been recorded," she writes.

Take a look.