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Weird Norfolk: Is Diss Mere the waterlogged crater of an extinct volcano?

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If there is one thing that defines the town of Diss it is the mysterious body of water known as the Mere at its heart.

Diss takes its name for this body of water – Dic or Disce is the Saxon word for ‘ditch of standing water’ – and describes one of the deepest natural inland lakes in the country.

For many years, there was a persistent rumour: that the deep lakelet was, in fact, a flooded natural volcano crater, a remnant of a fiery past.

Like similar crater lakes, the Mere is almost circular but Norfolk has no records of volcanic activity and the landscape suggests there was none in the county.

Another suggestion was that the depression in which water pools was formed by “a historic plasma discharge event”. Details of which are not forthcoming.

Further tales claim the hole was created by a huge meteor which fell from the sky and found its home in south Norfolk, before burning away and leaving a hole which was later filled with rain water.

In the EDP of June........

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