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Huge Crater Found in Egypt - Kebira
Space.com ^ | 3/3/06 | Robert Roy Britt

Posted on 03/03/2006 8:58:45 PM PST by NormsRevenge

Scientists have discovered a huge crater in the Saharan desert, the largest one ever found there.

The crater is about 19 miles (31 kilometers) wide, more than twice as big as the next largest Saharan crater known. It utterly dwarfs Meteor Crater in Arizona, which is about three-fourths of a mile (1.2 kilometers) in diameter.

In fact, the newfound crater, in Egypt, was likely carved by a space rock that was itself roughly 0.75 miles wide in an event that would have been quite a shock, destroying everything for hundreds of miles. For comparison, the Chicxulub crater left by a dinosaur-killing asteroid 65 million years ago is estimated to be 100 to 150 miles (160 to 240 kilometers) wide.

The crater was discovered in satellite images by Boston University researchers Farouk El-Baz and Eman Ghoneim.

El-Baz named the crater “Kebira,” which means “large” in Arabic and also relates to its location on the northern tip of the Gilf Kebir region in southwestern Egypt.

“Kebira may have escaped recognition because it is so large—bigger than the area of 125 football fields, or the total expanse of the Cairo urban region from its airport in the northeast to the Pyramids of Giza in the southwest,” El-Baz said today. “Also, the search for craters typically concentrates on small features, especially those that can be identified on the ground. The advantage of a view from space is that it allows us to see regional patterns and the big picture.”

The crater has two rings, a common configuration. Over time, it has been eroded by wind and water to make it unrecognizable to the untrained eye.

“The courses of two ancient rivers run through it from the east and west,” Ghoneim said.

The timing of the impact has not been determined.

The impact that carved Kebira might have created an extensive field of yellow-green silica fragments, known as desert glass and found on the surface between the giant dunes of the Great Sand Sea in southwestern Egypt, the researchers said.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bolide; catastrophism; crater; egypt; godsgravesglyphs; huge; impact; kebira; qattaracanal; stalactites; stalagmites
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Landsat image (color composite) of the newfound Kebira Crater in the Western Desert of Egypt at the border with Libya. The outer rim of the crater is about 19 miles (31 km) in diameter. Image courtesy of Boston University Center for Remote Sensing


1 posted on 03/03/2006 8:58:47 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge
Yup, we got one of them too ~ right down to the concentric rings ~ the center of the impact is over there on the Delmarva peninsula. You can make out the circular shape by checking out the "FAll LINE" in NJ, PA, MD, VA and NC.

Makes for really interesting subsurface structures too!

2 posted on 03/03/2006 9:03:35 PM PST by muawiyah (-)
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To: NormsRevenge

Wonder when that hit, because that was for sure almost 4 times the size needed to end all life on earth when it hit.

Pre-Bush's fault for sure.


3 posted on 03/03/2006 9:04:11 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: NormsRevenge

24° 40' 23.24" N, 24° 57' 51.02" E on Google Earth


4 posted on 03/03/2006 9:05:49 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: muawiyah

Any pictures of that?


5 posted on 03/03/2006 9:06:50 PM PST by sonsofliberty2000
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To: muawiyah; sonsofliberty2000

Here's some info on the Chesapeake crater

http://www.unb.ca/passc/ImpactDatabase/images/chesapeake.htm


6 posted on 03/03/2006 9:11:22 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge

Great post!


7 posted on 03/03/2006 9:11:50 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: NormsRevenge

I wonder what proof exists this is not an older sinkhole, or simply an indentation from that great knuckleball emanating from the Big Bang.


8 posted on 03/03/2006 9:15:12 PM PST by Cvengr (<;^))
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To: NormsRevenge
In fact, the newfound crater, in Egypt, was likely carved by a space rock that was itself roughly 0.75 miles wide in an event that would have been quite a shock, destroying everything for hundreds of miles.

It seems that with this crater from a space rock and all of the other similar collisions that the earth has endured during its history, that there should be no signs of life on the planet.
9 posted on 03/03/2006 9:15:24 PM PST by adorno
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To: NormsRevenge

great post,thanks


10 posted on 03/03/2006 9:16:25 PM PST by Flavius (Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: NormsRevenge

How was this just discovered now? 19 mile diameter - are we gonna find another "New World" again?


11 posted on 03/03/2006 9:17:37 PM PST by BostonianRightist (I probably haven't read the entire article, or checked my html.)
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To: BostonianRightist
How was this just discovered now? 19 mile diameter - are we gonna find another "New World" again?

Good point!

Hey, maybe if we keep looking hard enough from space, we'll eventually find the Lost City of Atlantis the same way.
12 posted on 03/03/2006 9:21:47 PM PST by adorno
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To: NormsRevenge
"... The crater was discovered in satellite images by Boston University researchers Farouk El-Baz..."

Also known as 'Apollo space program legend Dr. Farouk El-Baz'.

13 posted on 03/03/2006 9:22:21 PM PST by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi!)
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To: blam; SunkenCiv

Kibera crater ping


14 posted on 03/03/2006 9:22:26 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: muawiyah

Can you tell em more about that ? Never heard of it .


15 posted on 03/03/2006 9:25:22 PM PST by binkdeville
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To: The KG9 Kid

http://www.bu.edu/remotesensing/Faculty/El-Baz/FEBbio.html

Dr. Farouk El-Baz

He's been doing this kind of stuff a long time.


16 posted on 03/03/2006 9:27:06 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Dr. Eman Ghoneim

http://www.bu.edu/remotesensing/Faculty/Ghoneim/

She's the youngster of the pair who discovered Kibera.


17 posted on 03/03/2006 9:28:52 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: BostonianRightist

There are likely quite a few more craters to be identified.

As to new worlds, ya never know what lies beneath our feet or the waves... and how new technologies can help us locate them.


18 posted on 03/03/2006 9:31:26 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: adorno

There was one theory I heard, long ago, that Earth was fertile, but lacked that spark for life to begin - kind of like an unfertilized egg.

Without the event of the meteor collisions, the essential element(s) for life weren't present.


19 posted on 03/03/2006 9:31:29 PM PST by Old Sarge (Fobbit = REMF ... how do you like me now?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Wow! Even with the circle around it, though, it seems kind of hard to miss.

Maybe there's a big chunk of rock in there someone could worship.


20 posted on 03/03/2006 9:32:23 PM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: Right Wing Assault

I meant 'without'.


21 posted on 03/03/2006 9:34:10 PM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: NormsRevenge
Somewhere in Western Egypt is the Qattara Depression, a large area that is quite far below sea level. IIRC one of the early proposals for the "peaceful use" of nuclear explosives was to blast a channel to the Qattara Depression from the Mediterranean Sea, thus creating a new inland sea and perhaps moderating the climate of the western desert, creating more habitable land in Egypt. Another proposal involves using conventional means to excavate large enough channel from the Mediterranean to allow hydroelectric power to be generated by water descending into the Depression (and then evaporating). Apprently this idea has also been shelved for now.
22 posted on 03/03/2006 9:36:57 PM PST by wideminded
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To: muawiyah
Makes for really interesting subsurface structures too!

What are the subsurface structures like?

23 posted on 03/03/2006 9:39:31 PM PST by GOPJ (MSM reporting on Iraq War: like reading women who hate sports write and edit the sports section.)
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To: NormsRevenge


I was about to say - 19 miles in diameter would be hard to miss.


24 posted on 03/03/2006 9:49:32 PM PST by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President!)
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To: NormsRevenge
I wonder if it came at the same time as this one discovered in Iraq when Saddam drained the swamps in the south?

Disaster That Struck The Ancients

Iraq - Dated to 2200BC

25 posted on 03/03/2006 9:51:50 PM PST by blam
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To: NormsRevenge

Just saw a movie that centered aroud a huge crater in Australia in a very remote place called Wolfe Creek. Very huge and impressive. Anybody ever seen it?


26 posted on 03/03/2006 9:56:02 PM PST by mowowie
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To: NormsRevenge
wonder if the crater this anything to do with this spectacle At the south-east corner of the Ka'bah, near the door, is the famous black stone, which forms a part of the sharp angle of the building, at four or five feet above the ground. The black stone is an irregular oval. about seven inches in diameter, with an undulating surface, composed of about a dozen smaller storm of different shapes and sizes. According to the rites of the pilgrimage, this stone; which is called ar-Ruknu ‘l-Yamani, or Yaman pillar, should only be touched with ,the right hand as the pilgrim passes it, butSir Richard Burton, who made the pilgrimage in disguise in 1853, have suggested that the Black Stone is really a meteorite. www.bible.ca/islam/ islam-meteorite-worship.htm
27 posted on 03/03/2006 9:58:46 PM PST by seastay
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To: seastay

meteorite-worship? Oh geez.


28 posted on 03/03/2006 10:06:38 PM PST by Rennes Templar ("The future ain't what it used to be".........Yogi Berra)
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To: mowowie
Haven't seen the movie but..


Wolfe Creek..

There are a few more shots to view , Click the pic.

29 posted on 03/03/2006 10:08:04 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge

Good grief. These folks probably spell words in their cherios and look for faces in the shadows of their shag carpets.


30 posted on 03/03/2006 10:10:31 PM PST by Havoc (Evolutionists and Democrats: "We aren't getting our message out" (coincidence?))
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To: BostonianRightist

I guess this is the day for finding out just how much scientists are really missing. Did you see this post?
Surprise organ discovered in mice Mice are shown to have two thymus organs, not just one
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1589011/posts


31 posted on 03/03/2006 10:11:33 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: dware


32 posted on 03/03/2006 10:12:04 PM PST by dblack
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Looks like this is the day for scientists finding things, ping


33 posted on 03/03/2006 10:13:10 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: A CA Guy
Oh, too funny...."Pre-Bush's fault for sure."

:)
34 posted on 03/03/2006 10:13:39 PM PST by Chgogal (The US Military fights for Freedom of the Press while the NYT lies about the Military and cowers...)
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To: Havoc

Pattern recognition is a skill that must be honed regularly. ;-)


35 posted on 03/03/2006 10:17:22 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: A CA Guy
Wonder when that hit, because that was for sure almost 4 times the size needed to end all life on earth when it hit.

No, on the contrary, this was only a mile in diameter and would have only caused localized devastation.

36 posted on 03/03/2006 10:28:15 PM PST by Alter Kaker ("Whatever tears one sheds, in the end one always blows one's nose." - Heine)
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To: A CA Guy
Not quite. Chicxulub is 100-150 miles across. This ones only 19. Big, but not THAT big.

But, yes, I'm sure it was Bush's fault.

37 posted on 03/03/2006 10:30:39 PM PST by Reverend Bob (That which does not kill us makes us bitter.)
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To: metmom
I guess this is the day for finding out just how much scientists are really missing. Did you see this post? Surprise organ discovered in mice Mice are shown to have two thymus organs, not just one

Truly, the only people who miss more observations than scientists, are non-scientists.

38 posted on 03/03/2006 10:30:55 PM PST by Alter Kaker ("Whatever tears one sheds, in the end one always blows one's nose." - Heine)
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To: Right Wing Assault
Maybe there's a big chunk of rock in there someone could worship.

ROFLMAO!

39 posted on 03/03/2006 10:33:34 PM PST by Fruitbat
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To: Havoc
Good grief. These folks probably spell words in their cherios and look for faces in the shadows of their shag carpets.

Too funny!

40 posted on 03/03/2006 10:35:32 PM PST by Fruitbat
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To: Alter Kaker
Truly, the only people who miss more observations than scientists, are non-scientists.

After how many years of dissecting mice? Oh yeah, here it is...

After a century of scrutinizing the laboratory mouse,...

Truly, the only people who miss more observations than scientists, are non-scientists.

Got some data to back that up? Could we have some citations please?

41 posted on 03/03/2006 10:39:51 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: muawiyah; A CA Guy

"Check the Fall Line, large enough to kill all life."

Actually, neither of these statements is accurate. The book "Chesapeake Invader" by C. Wylie Poag, 1999 gives all the details. The 50 mi. diameter crater lies wholely in Virginia. The south end is Norfolk, and the north end is at Exmore, on the Va. end of the Delmarva Peninsula. I have driven down there trying to find it, but haven't yet. The western side is along the west side of the Chesapeake Bay and the jogs in the York and James Rivers indicate its edge.

Nineteen miles diameter is hardly large enough to wipe out all life, although it would certainly mess up your year. The Chesapeake Meteor (50 mi. diameter), a 9md crater off Tom's River, NJ, and another 50md crater in Siberia named Popigai all crashed around 35 million years ago. Although there seem to have been other major impact events, and this is around the end of the Eocene and beginning of the Oligocene, scientist have found no evidence of a major world wide die off tied to these meteors. The dinasaur meteor off Yucatan was about 120 miles in diameter. Scientists are now looking at the Shiva Crater off India which is also about 65 million years old. This crater is 400 x 600 kilometers, and combined with the Yucatan meteor was probably responsible for a 65 to 70% die off.

For more info. Google Meteorite Impact Craters on Earth.


42 posted on 03/03/2006 10:47:56 PM PST by gleeaikin (Question Authority)
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To: gleeaikin
Thanks for the Shiva reference.

Shiva: Another K-T impact?


Diagram of Shiva impact area.
Credit: Sankar Chatterjee

43 posted on 03/03/2006 10:55:57 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: The KG9 Kid
And even better known as a Shuttlecraft.


44 posted on 03/03/2006 10:58:54 PM PST by orionblamblam (A furore Normannorum libra nos, Domine)
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To: A CA Guy

>because that was for sure almost 4 times the size needed to end all life on earth when it hit.

Oh, no, not even close. 0.75 miles? Bah. A country-killer, a continent wounder. The Dino-killer was about 10 miles wide. 100 miles wide and you'll kill probably everything more complex than bacteria.


45 posted on 03/03/2006 11:00:41 PM PST by orionblamblam (A furore Normannorum libra nos, Domine)
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To: NormsRevenge

just discovered this huge crater on earth but yet are able to tell whether there is global warming by the melting of ice caps. Something truly wrong with this picture.


46 posted on 03/03/2006 11:26:13 PM PST by taxesareforever (Government is running amuck)
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To: adorno
How was this just discovered now? 19 mile diameter - are we gonna find another "New World" again?

Good point!

Hey, maybe if we keep looking hard enough from space, we'll eventually find the Lost City of Atlantis the same way.

BULLETIN: New Race Discovered Living Six Inches Under Denver -- All Named 'Mortonson'

http://www.mrxswebpage.com/bulletin.htm

47 posted on 03/03/2006 11:29:23 PM PST by rawcatslyentist ("Why waste time learning, when ignorance is instantaneous"---Hobbes the Tiger)
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To: NormsRevenge; blam; FairOpinion; Ernest_at_the_Beach; StayAt HomeMother; 24Karet; 3AngelaD; asp1; ..
Thanks NR.

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48 posted on 03/03/2006 11:41:07 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Fiction has to make sense, unless it's part of the Dhimmicrat agenda and its supporting myth.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Looking forward to discovering one, a smoking one, in Mecca.


49 posted on 03/03/2006 11:44:01 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government "job" attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: wideminded

That would help 'soak off' some of the Greenland melt water.


50 posted on 03/04/2006 12:00:52 AM PST by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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