Skip to comments.Geology Picture of the Week Extra: GoogleEarth searcher finds pristine impact crater in Egypt
Posted on 07/23/2010 9:11:02 PM PDT by cogitator
The header link goes to the article on space.com. Basic story is that an Italian guy who sounds like a hobbyist (former curator of a science museum) found the feature while tooling around on GoogleEarth. Since it's in the remote desert, it's hardly changed since impact -- even has ejecta rays. There's a problem here; most models indicate that an object the likely size of this object should disintegrate in the atmosphere. This one obviously didn't.
Abstract in Science magazine (you'd have to pay to read the whole thing)
The Kamil Crater in Egypt
Fresh crater in Egypt -- increases impact hazard? (National Geographic)
Now, this last link has a GoogleEarth locator pin. If you zoom out, you can see the ejecta rays. If you zoom out further, you can see how amazing it is that Mr. Vincenzo de Michele (the former museum curator) found it and recognized it.
Kamil Crater - discovered thanks to Google Earth
** BAM! ping **
Regarding lat/lons: I looked but couldn’t find any.
What a great find!
But then again, the Siberia impact early in the 20th century created the “impact” and blast damage, but left no crater residue.
We are hit more often than we think - glad this not happen during the Russia-US-China nuclear war period. Now, a nuclear blast (in most areas of the earth) is not the first suspicion,
then again, until Schumaker got his ideas accepted by the lunar landing research, almost all “conventional wisdom”/consensus of the experts) was that meteor impact didn’t happen at all.
By image matching with Google Earth:
lat 22.0183 long 27.0877
Great screen capture! I shoulda thought of that. Did you see lat/lon info for the crater?
This article says something that the others didn't; they've found pieces of the impactor (has pictures)
"For the curious, the exact coordinates are 22° 1′ 6″ north, 26° 5′ 16″ east."
Thanks for the images and location.
That’s a really cool picture. Must have been quite the impact. Hope nothing too big falls from the skies, just from a self preservation point of view.
I wished I could find a piece of one..a big piece. $20,000 easy.
My thoughts too. How about that guy on Discovery Channel or something who does nothing else for money but search the desert for meteors? Wouldn’t it be great to find one?
I’d actually be caught up on my bills with a find like that!
cool article on Tesla connection http://mondovista.com/tesla.tunguskax.html
Did not know we had SUV's to cause climate change back then,,, who knew??
impact crater egypt site:freerepublic.com
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