Google Earth leads to spectacular meteor crater find

Google Earth leads to spectacular meteor crater find. Random science news from Anthony Watts. See? He runs a science blog, not an anti-science blog! This story makes a pretty good fig-leaf though.

The Kamil crater in the Egyptian desert was first spotted in 2008 by mineralogist Vincenzo De Michele in Google Earth imagery. From a European Space Agency press release:

One day within the last several thousand years, a rare metallic meteorite travelling over 12 000 km/hour smashed into Earth’s surface near what is today the trackless border region between Egypt, Sudan and Libya. The impact of the 1.3 m, 10-tonne chunk of iron generated a fireball and plume that would have been visible over 1000 km away, and drilled a hole 16 m deep and 45 m wide into the rocky terrain.

2 thoughts on “Google Earth leads to spectacular meteor crater find

  1. Great blog — wish I’d discovered it before, er, yesterday.

    Punctilious note: “mineralologist” = “mineralogist”

    [Heh. That’s what happens when you copy and paste from Anthony’s blog… Corrected. – Ben]

  2. Well, insofar as copy-pasting press releases is science reporting. The comments are as fun as usual – a mix of biblical creationism and moon hoax belief.

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