Gebel Kamil (meteorite)
Some pieces of the Gebel Kamil iron meteorite.
|Region||Al Wadi al Jadid, East Uweinat Desert|
|TKW||1,600 kilograms (3,500 lb)|
A slice of the Gebel Kamil meteorite showing schreibersite rimmed by kamacite.
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Gebel Kamil is a meteorite that struck Egypt about 5000 years ago leaving a crater surrounded by thousands of pieces of iron shrapnel with a total weight of about 1,600 kilograms (3,500 lb).
In February 2009 and 2010, meteorite fragments with masses ranging from < 1 gram (0.035 oz) to 35 kilograms (77 lb), plus an 83 kilograms (183 lb) specimen, were found in and around a 45 metres (148 ft) radius from Kamil Crater by an Italian-Egyptian geophysical team. About 800 kilograms (1,800 lb) was recovered. The geophysical survey took place as part of the "2009 Italian-Egyptian Year of Science and Technology".
The Gebel Kamil meteorite has been classified as an ataxite.