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Do you see a circle?

Scientists have allegedly found a crater in Egypt. A really big one. 19 miles big, if their figures are correct. I've seen the picture. What I don't see is the crater. The article talks about the untrained eye, and I'm rather certain that it would be difficult to…

Scientists have allegedly found a crater in Egypt. A really big one. 19 miles big, if their figures are correct. I’ve seen the picture. What I don’t see is the crater.

The article talks about the untrained eye, and I’m rather certain that it would be difficult to be more untrained than my eye (or eyes, as the case may be). But still. Shouldn’t it look something like a circle? I mean, sure, those dotted white lines are circular, but if you take them out of the picture, you get something like this (or this).

Please note: I’m not saying that it isn’t a crater, and I’m also not saying that the link I provided is the right place – but it looks pretty similar, and I don’t have anything else to use. If you know the exact coordinates, I’ll use those instead. I am, after all, not very familiar with the Egypt-Libya border, so the fact that I found anything without any coordinates impressed me.

In any case, I’m just not sure I see it. What do you think? It’s like looking at clouds. You can see whatever you want. Take a look at this picture, just to the North and the East of the earlier picture – I could say that a giant Ted Nugent has been playing Cat Scratch Fever in the desert. Doesn’t make it true. You also have to wonder why they used the “Landsat image”, with those funky colors, instead of Google Maps, which looks a lot better.

3 replies on “Do you see a circle?”

There are actually tons of these locations in the Sahara! Well maybe not tons, but more than 20 of these are in what I had previously believed to be sand dunes.

I heard the story on NPR’s The World, and searched Google Earth to find the spot. I do think you have the location nailed. I guess the team that goes out will be able to verify if it is a crater, but I am more concerned witht he two locations to the southwest. I agree that these look alot more like craters to me. In fact I began my search without the pictures, just using the audio clues from the NPR story, and thought that one of the ones to the southwest was it, until I used the measure feature in Google Earth to draw a 31K line. I am very interested to find out if these are in fact other craters.

I found that on google earth too.

But I was also struck by the features Gebel Auenat on the egypt/libyan/chad border further south and Gebel Archenu.

Viewed from high up, those are a little smaller than El Baz’s, but sooo much more dramatic.

Are they craters?

The Gilf Kebir palteu seems to have quite a few craters.

Cheers,

Greg.

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