"One of the Most Valuable Meteor Craters on Earth" Meteor City by atufft

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50,000 years ago, a fragment broken from the core

of an asteroid body within the main asteroid belt arrived at Earth's atmosphere. Weighing several thousand tons, and about 150 feet in diameter, the meteor streaked through the sky at about 26,000 miles per hour. Crashing into the Arizona plain, with the force of 20 million tons of TNT, the meteor's impact issued shock waves in all directions for several miles. Iron and rock within the meteor and earth's surface melted and combined. 175 million tons of limestone and sandstone rock were abruptly dislodged and launched into the surrounding plain for about a mile. Some of these rocks were the size of houses. Meteorite fragments, molten nickel droplets, and dust rose up, producing a cloud that rained dust and then dissipated within a few days. The result was a crater 4,000 feet in diameter and 700 feet deep, with an uplifted edge of sedimentary limestone. This is the meteor crater just off I-40 west of Winslow, Arizona.

  • Last visit to Meteor City: Nov 2008
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