Gebel Kamil Impact Crater found by Google Earth Program!

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It happened in 2008. A team of researchers were shifting through images captured by satellites and available through Google Earth Program when they discovered one of the best best-preserved, and possibly one of the youngest impact craters on earth. In February 2009, an Italian-Egyptian geophysical team launched a geophysical survey as part of the "2009 Italian-Egyptian Year of Science and Technology".  This team found meteorite fragments ranging for from less than 35 ounces up through 77 pounds.  The largest single, intact piece found weighed 183 pounds – all in and around a 148-foot radius from Kamil Crater. 

A total of 1.6 tons of material has been recovered since the first survey in 2009.  They named this impact crater after the Gebel Kamil mountain, some 65 kilometers from the crater's location. These meteorites are classified as Iron meteorite (ungrouped), Ni-rich ataxite, extensive shear deformation and low weathering.

The Kamil crater itself is about 147 feet wide and 52 feet deep. Based on thousands of pieces of space rock that were collected from the area, some estimate that the crater was created by a solid iron meteor approximately 4-feet wide, weighting between 5,000 to 10,000 kilograms. It is believed to have crashed into the desert some 5,000 years ago.

To read more about it, go to the Meteorite Times Magazine for more fascinating details about this find.

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