Découverte d'un double cratère d'impact en Libye: l'astroblème d'Arkenu

Translated title of the contribution: Discovery of a double impact crater in Libya: The astrobleme of Arkenu

Philippe Paillou, Ake Rosenqvist, Jean Marie Malezieux, Bruno Reynard, Tom Farr, Essam Heggy

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Using orbital imaging radar, we detected a double circular structure, located in the southeastern part of the Libyan Desert, which is partially hidden under sandy sediments. Fieldwork confirmed it to be an unknown double impact crater, each crater having a diameter of about 10 km, younger than 140 Ma. Sampling on the site enabled the observation of quantities of shatter cone structures and impact breccias containing planar fractures.

Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)1059-1069
Number of pages11
JournalComptes Rendus - Geoscience
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes



  • Arkenu
  • Crater
  • Impact
  • Libya
  • Radar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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