Meteor Crater

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.


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