World’s Best Preserved Crater Found With Google Earth

This crater, located in a remote location off the Sahara desert, was discovered by researchers using Google Earth.  Even more exciting is that it might be the world’s best preserved crater.  Kamil, as it is being called, was originally spotted back in February.  It is 147 ft at its widest point, and 52 ft deep at its deepest point.  With those numbers, scientists estimate that the meteor that struck here was 4.2 ft in diameter, and was traveling at 8,000 mph.

Craters on Earth typically erode and get buried underground over time from the weather, but Kamil is different.  This crater still had a splatter pattern of bedrock around it, scientifically known as “ejecta rays.”  These patterns are often seen on other planets and moons that have thinner atmospheres, but scientists were surprised to find something like that on Earth.  

Scientists are saying that the crater is only thousands of years old.  This really shows how much of the Earth we have yet to explore.

Luigi Folco, the research leader, said:

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 he said, adding that craters as pristine as Kamil are typically found only on Mars or on the moon, where there are fewer environmental and atmospheric forces to degrade them.

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