Discovery of a new 12-km impact crater candidate at As Sail Al Kabeer, Saudi Arabia

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Abdulrahman Toonsi


The Arabian shield of Saudi Arabia likely has many impact craters due to the old age of its rocks, however many of them have not yet been discovered due to their resemblance to plutons. Using satellite imagery, a 12-km wide circular structure with a central peak was identified at As Sail Al Kabeer, 40 kilometers north of the city of Taif in western Saudi Arabia. Fieldwork has shown that this structure is likely an impact crater due to the presence of shocked quartz containing planar deformation features.



Earth Sciences, Geology, Physical Sciences and Mathematics, Planetary Geology, Planetary Sciences



Published: 2023-07-11 08:43

Last Updated: 2023-07-11 15:43


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