6 Mind-Blowing Discoveries Made Using Google Earth

6 Mind-Blowing Discoveries Made Using Google Earth

6 Mind-Blowing Discoveries Made Using Google Earth

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#1. The World’s Best-Preserved Crater


An Italian researcher was surveying Google Earth images when he came upon something extraordinary in a remote area of one of the most difficult-to-explore deserts on the planet: the Sahara.

 Is it a sandworm? It's a sandworm isn't it?!"

Is it a sandworm? It’s a sandworm isn’t it?!”

What appeared on his screen was something typically seen only on our own moon and other planets — a meteorite impact crater 148 feet across. Since the Sahara is about as life-sustaining as the moon and other planets, the forensic evidence left by the crater was pristine. The telltale splatter pattern of ejecta rays — bedrock scattered around the impact zone — suggested an 8,000 mph collision with a 4.3-foot iron space pebble. The Kamil Crater, as it is called, may actually be the world’s best-preserved crater, and it’s estimated to be a mere few thousand years old. That’s a baby in geological terms.

Crater? We hardly know her!

Crater? We hardly know her!

The space-pounded depression has left such an impression with scientists that the study leader remarked, “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.”

 "Thanks for noticing my new piercing. Only took you a few thousand years."

“Thanks for noticing my new piercing. Only took you a few thousand years.”

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  1. says

    they should have kept quiet instead of announcing it to the world where everyone can have access to the information, and therefore have access to the location.

  2. says

    Cool But I didn't like the idea of the road they build. Humans, altering everything. They should have explored on foot no matter how long it took. Now that area is destroyed.

  3. says

    fuck humans! they put a finger on avery thing! only to destroy! why the fucking hell they build a road? or why they have to go there at all? I would love to b a proctector of that zone….i will kill any one who put a foot on that place.

  4. says

    100% agreed! The person that found this out should've just kept the mouth shut. But, as always, humans have to go and fucking destroy and mess everything up. A place like this should be considered world patrimony and forbidden to set foot on, like Galapagos. Probably they destroy it, drive some species to extinction and THEN they think about protecting it. fucking retards

  5. says

    Hopefully a joke, but did the article writer just say(on page 5) "…like maybe a fly landed on the lens of the satellite…" WHY THE FRAKK NOBODY TOLD ME THAT THE FLIES ARE SPACE-TRAVELLING CREATURES?

  6. Shane Stevens says

    Now it's known & there's a road, the loggers won't be far behind, then oil prospectors, then Palm oil as far as the eye can see….

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