"Google Earth" Meteorite Gebel Kamil donated to the Field Museum

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 14:18 -- admin

Private meteorite collector and Collections & Research Committee member Terry Boudreaux donated to the Field Museum two specimens of the iron meteorite Gebel Kamil that formed a 45-m-wide impact crater in the southwestern corner of Egypt (East Uweinat Desert) near the Sudanese and Lybian border. The crater was discovered through Google Earth in 2009 on a Cretaceous sandstone surface; the impact has occurred less than 5000 years ago.

The first meteorites were recovered in February. This exciting discovery was reported by the Italian-Egyptian group in the journal Science in August 2010. This first investigation indicates that the impactor did not suffer much during atmospheric entry and hit Earth almost fully intact. There are only about 200 confirmed impact structures on Earth.

Pictured above is one of the new Field Museum specimens of the “Google Earth” meteorite Gebel Kamil. © The Field Museum, Photographer: James Holstein.