Pristine Impact Crater Discovered in Egypt Desert Kamil
By: John Lester
Published: Jul 26, 2021
Kamil is a pristine crater impact caused by a meteorite that's been discovered in an Egyptian desert.
Pristine impact crater discovered in Egypt desert named Kamil. Scientists say an iron meteoric has been discovered, which made an impact in a desert in Egypt. The Kamil crater impact was an iron meteorite about 4.3 feet in diameter traveling at 7,920 mph.
The Kamil crater is pristine, unlike most Earth impact sites that are partially or severely eroded. It maintains much of its structure, including the rays of ejected material thrown from the crater when the space rock hit. The 148-foot-wide crater was first spotted in Google Earth satellite photos by Italian researchers.
"This crater is really a kind of beauty because it's so well preserved that it will tell us a lot about small-scale meteorite impacts on the Earth's crust," Luigi Folco, meteorite curator at the Museo Nazionale dell'Antartide in Siena, Italy, said in a statement. "It's so nice. It's so neat. There is something extraordinary about it." Craters this well preserved are usually only seen on the moon or Mars.
Craters that hit the moon and Mars are preserved because there are fewer environmental and atmospheric processes to erode them. Here on Earth, the environment usually destroys and erodes a crater. It's a fascinating discovery and will help scientists learn more about meteorites.
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