Meteor Crater, also known as Barringer Crater, is a land mark of Arizona.
Often pictures of the crater are used in documentaries and movies as what
can happen when meteorites strike. The crater is roughly 1/2 a mile in diameter!
What happened back in the past was that a huge meteorite (its original size is very highly disputed) struck the
surface of the earth. It sunk into the ground and then melted down into the
earth. As soon as it reached the water table, it instantly vaporized the water
and in essence, created a huge pressure bomb. That is why the surrounding rock
layers have actually been flipped up-side-down!
The crater is one of the few well preserved impact site on the planet.
It is estimated that it is about 22,000 years old. Geologists have studied it for
many years and will continue to for many more.