Meteor Crater near Winslow, Arizona
One need only look closely at the surface of the Moon to realize how Earth’s atmosphere protects from most impacts. Fortunately.
Meteor Crater lies East of Flagstaff and just short of Winslow, six miles off the major I-40 highway in northern Arizona. In my case, it was an easy stop on the way to Canyon de Chelly and just a bit of a detour from Sedona.
It is hard to make a modern drama out of a meteor colliding with Earth 40,000 years ago (though the park’s web site gives it a game try Meteor Crater). Still, standing on the rim of a mile-wide crater gets one’s attention.
The Meteor Crater has an interesting history, which is discussed quite thoroughly here http://www.bing.com/reference/semhtml/?title=Meteor_Crater&src=abop&fwd=1&qpvt=Meteor+Crater&q=meteor+crater. Daniel Barringer’s insistence that the giant crater was from a meteor rather than natural volcanic activity was proven correct.
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Meteor Crater Sweep from Carl Roessler
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