A Visit to Meteor Crater

Five years ago today I visited one of the most spectacular landscapes on earth. It was the first crater on the surface of the earth unequivocally linked to an asteroid impact, and it’s billed as the best-preserved, too. And it’s big. Approximately 800 meters across. And it’s fairly old on our terms – about 50,000 years.

Located in north-central Arizona, Meteor Crater, also known as the Barringer Crater, was on my list of “like to sees” during a recent trip to the Canyon State. Another of my trip targets was the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, and the crater is just an hour’s drive further east.

Craters like this, or astroblemes, are tangible reminders that Earth is just one body in our solar system. We are shielded by our amazing atmosphere, but still susceptible to chance encounters with our fellow travellers.

I took many photos but have not yet put together a decent set for the blog.

The scale of the crater is evident on the drive to the visitor centre, perched high on the rim.

The scale of the crater is evident on the drive to the visitor centre, perched high on the rim, on the outside.

For more information on the Barringer Crater, visit their web site at: http://meteorcrater.com/

Copyright © 2013 David Allan Galbraith

 

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