‘Pristine’ Impact Crater Discovered In Egypt Leaves Scientists Spellbound

July 26th, 2010 - 8:37 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
Pristine craterEgypt, July 26, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A crater which was originally formed as a result of a meteorite falling on ground surface has been discovered by scientists in Egypt. According to reports from Egypt, the meteorite which fell on the desert Kamil of Egypt, measured at 4.3 feet in diameter and had landed on the desert surface at a speed of 7,920 mph. The scientists and researchers are of the opinion that the crater at Kamil is still “pristine” as opposed to the other craters around the world which have been highly eroded over the years.

The most surprising thing is that in spite of so many years passing after the meteorite fell on desert Kamil, the crater remains almost the same as it was on that day say the scientists. The ejected material which had flown out of the center of the desert as the rock fell on its surface is still to be seen on the sides of the crater. The pristine crater first came to the notice of some researchers from Italy in photos taken from space satellites.

Luigi Folco, a meteorite curator at the Museo Nazionale dell’Antartide of Siena in Italy defines the crater as “neat and nice”. He says that the crater at Kamil desert is not only an object of beauty but also a great research site for meteor experts all over the world. This is because the crater looks like it has not been touched since the meteorite fell on the desert’s surface, thus providing researchers the scope to study in details the impact of small-scale meteorites on the Earth’s crust.

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