Gebel Kamil meteorite. Crater maker ataxite

Gebel Kamil meteorite. Crater maker ataxite

Weight

258 grams

Fall

5000 years ago

Found

Egypt, 2008

$258

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Description

In 2008 a team of Egyptian and Italian scientists was studying the Egyptian desert aiming for archeological ruins with google Earth. They found a spectacular crater and in 2009 an expedition was organized to reach it. They recovered some iron meteorites.

It is estimated that the impact occurred 5000 years ago. Apparently the falling rock exploded at low altitude, forming a crater 45 meters in diameter and leaving many intricate meteorites scattered around it. Surprisingly, there were meteorites within the crater too. The Gebel Kamil meteorite is classified as an ungrouped iron, ataxite. Coordinates of the crater are 22°01’06″N 26°05’16″E. This meteorite was the first ever to be recovered thanks to satellite imagery.

The Gebel Kamil meteorite is classified as an ungrouped iron, ataxite. Coordinates of the crater are 22°01’06″N 26°05’16″E. This meteorite was the first ever to be recovered thanks to satellite imagery.

Certificate of authenticity included. IMCA 5591.

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