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July 25th, 2010 at 8:08 am

Google Earth Finds World’s Best Preserved Crater


The Kamil crater


This crater, located in a remote area of the Sahara desert, was discovered by researchers using Google Earth. And that’s actually not even the coolest part. Kamil, as the crater is called, may be the world’s best preserved crater.


The Kamil crater was first spotted back in February when an Italian researcher was surveying satellite images from Google Earth. The crater measures 147 ft at its widest point and 52 ft deep at its deepest. Using those numbers, scientists estimate that the meteor that hit Earth was only 4.2 ft in diameter (but was traveling at 8,000MPH!).

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