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New Valley: the oldest and the newest

New Valley is one of the newest governorates in modern Egypt but the oldest in terms of its antiquities throughout the historic period and its pre-historic relics. It includes the celebrated El-Gilf El-Kebir, which contains many prehistoric cave paintings of man, notably the famous swimmers (commemorating when there was a vast lake in this area, still evident in the shells and marine fossils found there).
The New Valley has become a destination for international geologists, especially after the discovery in 2008 of the ancient meteorite site in the East Uweinat Desert - the Kamil Crater - which is a protected area.

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Egypt's extraterrestrial heritage

Some sites are beyond the traditional classification of heritage, yet are worthy of attention and protection, such as Egypt's Kamil Crater which was only recently noticed using Google Earth
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Egypt and Italy on Tuesday 14/6/2011 signed agreements on cooperation in the fields of scientific research, technology and higher education.
Attending the signing ceremony were Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Amr Ezzat Salama, Minister of Electricity and Energy Hassan Younis and Minister of Environment Maged George along with Italian vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Enzo Scoti and Italian Ambassador in Cairo Claudio Pacifico.
According to the first agreement, an Italian university of sciences and arts will be set up in Egypt on an area of 100 feddans. It will start after three years.
The second agreement is for completing the second phase of the geophysical survey of the meteorite in Gabal Kamal area in the Western Sahara.

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Souvenirs from space

The discovery of a rich and historically significant meteorite crater in southern Egypt, just north of the Sudanese border, has shown the voracious appetite for new fragments. Just as scientists appeared to be on the cusp of decrypting the evidence to solve an ancient puzzle, looters plundered the desolate site and the political chaos in Egypt seems to ensure the scientists will not be going back any time soon.
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The Kamil Crater is a 44.8 m wide and 15.8 m deep (original depth, a part covered by sand at present) meteorite impact crater in the East Uweinat Desert in southwestern New Valley Governorate, Egypt, Only 0.6 km north of the border with the Sudan and 600 m above sea level. It was located in 2008 using Google Earth satellite imagery by Vincenzo de Michele (former curator of the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Milan in Milan, Italy).
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Latitude: 2201'06"N, Longitude: 2605'16"E



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Egyptian Desert Expedition Confirms Spectacular Meteorite Impact

A 2008 Google Earth search led to the discovery of Kamil crater, one of the best-preserved meteorite impact sites ever found. Earlier this year, a gritty, sand-blown expedition reached the site deep in the Egyptian desert to collect iron debris and determine the crater's age and origins.
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University of Rome to host Kamil crater seminar

The seminar 'Kamil: A Lunar Crater on Earth' will be presented on 23 September at the University of Rome in conjunction with the European Planetary Science Congress 2010. Members of the media and public are welcome to attend (event in English and Italian).
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Deep impact market: the race to acquire meteorites

The bottle had gone and Mario Di Martino had a sick feeling that their secret was out. It was early 2010: he and his team were staring down into the Kamil crater in the Egyptian desert, miles from the nearest settlement.
Just a year before, Di Martino of the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics in Turin, Italy, and colleagues had written their names on paper, placed it inside an empty bottle and thrown it into the crater. The reason? They were the first team to visit the site of a huge meteorite impact 5000 years ago. Few craters on Earth are so perfectly preserved.

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45 Metre Wide Meteorite Crater Found In Egypt

As per reports, the Google Earth images have helped researchers to discover a well preserved meteor crater in Egypt. The crater was noticed by Vincenzo de Michele, a former curator of the Civico Museo di Storia Naturale, back in 2008 in Google Earth images. Researchers have been able to locate the meteor crater in a remote corner of southwestern Sahara desert.
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