Pristine Impact Crater, Kamil Discovered in Egypt DesertJuly 26th, 2010 - 10:29 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason
July 26 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Scientists announced on Thursday that they have discovered what could be the best preserved small impact crater which has ever been seen on the planet, stating that the crater is absolutely pristine in comparison to other holes which are made in the Earth when meteorites gouge into the ground.
This is because most craters are partially eroded, while this one, named Kamil, maintains most of it’s structure, and even the rays of material which were ejected from the center of the meteorite as it hit the Earth are still present.
The leader of the study, Luigi Folco, who is a meteorite curator at the Museo Nazionale dell’Antartide in Siene, Italy stated, “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. It’s so nice. It’s so neat. There is something extraordinary about it.”
Most of the time, craters are not found on Earth in such immaculate condition, unlike craters on the moon and Mars, where there are less processes of the environment and the atmosphere to cause the destruction.
This crater, the Kmail crater is 148 feet wide and was first seen on Google Earth satellite photos by Vincenzo de Michele, who is a former curator of the Civico Museo di Storia Naturale in Milan, Italy.
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