Lonar lake is the only known meteorite crater in basaltic rock and is world famous.
This lake, which lies in a basalt impact structure, is both saline and alkaline in nature.
The lake is a haven for a wide range of plant and animal life.
Resident and migratory birds such as black-winged stilts, brahminy ducks, grebes, shelducks (European migrants), shovellers, teals, herons, red-wattled lapwings, rollers or blue jays, baya weavers, parakeet hoopoes, larks, tailorbirds, magpies, robins and swallows are found on the lake.
Among reptiles, the monitor lizard is reported to be prominent.
The lake is also home to thousands of peafowls, chinkara and gazelles.
The area of 3.83Sq.km was declared as Lonar Wildlife Sanctuary by the government on 20 November 2015.
Lonar crater became a geo-heritage site in 1979.
It is relatively young geologically, at just 50,000 years old.
A meteorite estimated to weigh two-million-tonnes slammed into the Earth, creating a 1.83-km diameter crater where the lake formed.