How to discover meteorite impacts with Google

Posted on Saturday, March 11 2006 @ 22:35 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
A Spanish man read the news of the huge 31km impact crater that was found in Egypt last week and decided to use Google Earth to try to find meteorite impact spots. He was able to find a couple:
Suddenly the questions came to me. No one saw this before? How can a 31 km diameter structure not be noticed? So I decided to explore around for a while to check for similar structures.

Just passed the Libyan border entering Chad at 121 miles "flying" high when another circular structure appeared in my screen. A closer look was showing, apparently, a typical impact structure, not volcanic. Of course, finding an impact crater has no merit if it is an already known one, so I had to check and visited the Canadian Brunswick University impact crater database, in Canada, and none of the listed matched my discovery.
You can check it out over here.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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