Meteor Crater

Meteor Crater,  AZ

August 9, 2004


crater wide
About 40 minutes east of Flagstaff I found Meteor Crater.  The big sign said that a meteor the size of a house struck the earth here about 50,000 years ago. 

old house
Back in the 1900s a guy named Daniel Barringer built this little house on the edge of the crater and tried to mine for the iron meteorite that he believed was buried in the crater.  He didn't find it because it broke apart when it hit.  He drilled dozens of holes in 26 years, but didn't find what he was looking for. 

In the 60's the NASA astronauts jumped around and dug up the dirt here.  They were practicing for the moon walks.  They practiced here because the dirt had been blown out like a meteor had hit it,  which it did.  When the meteor hits the dirt that is normally 100s of feet under the surface if blown up to the top and 100s of feet away.  This little cave is where the NASA folk would store some of their supplies and take a break from the heat and viscous winds.  In side the cave were some old Coors beer cans, with can opener triangles, and bits of a pencil sharpener.

This is one of the local residents a Collard Lizard.  Look around his neck there is a white and black collar.  He was out getting some sun and let us get surprisingly close.

The crater is about 3/4 of a mile across and 550 feet deep.

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