#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.
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.
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.”
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