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Sat Jun 21, 2014, 05:41 PM

The Meteor Crater, Arizona:

My husband and I are making a little road trip, and this was on the agenda.

It's very interesting, and huge.

Behold:

From the parking lot:


Inside:


A piece of the meteor that survived the impact. It weighs about 1400 pounds, which is a little less than a Prius:


A view of the crater: About 20 football stadiums can fit inside...


Another view:


This shows where the original explorer dug several shafts as he looked in vain for the meteorite he thought would be buried underneath the crater:


A last look across the crater:





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Reply The Meteor Crater, Arizona: (Original post)
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2014 OP
Rhiannon12866 Jun 2014 #1
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2014 #2
Rhiannon12866 Jun 2014 #5
arcane1 Jun 2014 #3
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2014 #6
OffWithTheirHeads Jun 2014 #4
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2014 #8
Walk away Jun 2014 #7
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2014 #9
Logical Jun 2014 #10
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2014 #11
Logical Jun 2014 #13
Wounded Bear Jun 2014 #12
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2014 #16
aint_no_life_nowhere Jun 2014 #14
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2014 #17
pinboy3niner Jun 2014 #46
dballance Jun 2014 #15
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2014 #18
panader0 Jun 2014 #19
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2014 #20
Nevernose Jun 2014 #21
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2014 #22
JesterCS Jun 2014 #23
Fridays Child Jun 2014 #24
Enthusiast Jun 2014 #25
Separation Jun 2014 #26
alphafemale Jun 2014 #27
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2014 #29
lovemydog Jun 2014 #28
GoCubsGo Jun 2014 #30
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2014 #35
MineralMan Jun 2014 #31
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2014 #36
WCGreen Jun 2014 #32
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2014 #37
mwdem Jun 2014 #40
Little Star Jun 2014 #33
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2014 #38
Jim Lane Jun 2014 #34
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2014 #39
benld74 Jun 2014 #41
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2014 #42
Octafish Jun 2014 #43
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2014 #44
LeftofObama Jun 2014 #45

Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 05:46 PM

1. Wow! Excellent photos, Peggy!

I spent time in Arizona with my grandmother when she wintered there. Totally amazing country!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 05:55 PM

2. My dear Rhiannon12866!

Oh, thank you, sweetie!

I'm glad you enjoyed these. It is amazing country. Quite beautiful and full of great sights. Very different from what I'm used to!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 06:30 PM

5. I'm in New York, so it's far from what I'm used to, as well...

My grandmother was in Florence, between Phoenix and Tucson, so we went north to Flagstaff and south to the Grand Canyon and crossed the border into Mexico. Mexico wasn't a whole lot of fun; I was only in my mid teens and my father made me carry bottles of gin back with me, LOL. But the Grand Canyon was spectacular! And her neighbor would take us out on the desert on his ATV. It was quite a memorable trip!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 06:24 PM

3. Great photos! And thanks for the flashback too!

 

I visited there during my 2-week move to California. It was quite cool

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #3)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 06:31 PM

6. You're very welcome, my dear arcane1!

Very cool indeed, with much information available.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 06:24 PM

4. Did you look through the telescope at the space guy?

 

If you decide to come to Tucson, you are welcome to stay at our home. ,just give me a heads up.

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Reply #4)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 06:33 PM

8. Ah, no I didn't, my dear OffWithTheirHeads...

I didn't hear about him!

And thank you for the invite! Awfully hospitable of you...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 06:33 PM

7. This reminds me of that old National Lampoon News joke....

"A large hole has appeared in Poland...Police are looking into it"

It's just insane how large a crater was created by a biggish rock.

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Response to Walk away (Reply #7)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 06:34 PM

9. My dear Walk away!

I hadn't heard that one..........thanks for the chuckle!

I kept thinking the same thing. So. Big.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 06:51 PM

10. Can you walk down into it? n-t

 

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Response to Logical (Reply #10)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 06:54 PM

11. Not literally into it, my dear Logical...

You can get down further than we did, though.

There are observation platforms partway down. I just didn't feel like climbing down and then up; it was windy today.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #11)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 07:07 PM

13. So interesting. Thanks so much for posting. I have spend 30 minutes on Wiki reading about.....

 

that one and others. You made my day much more enjoyable and educational!!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 07:04 PM

12. One of my regrets...

In all the years I lived in So Cal, I never made it over to the crater.

Thanks for the pics!

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #12)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 08:28 PM

16. Aw, my dear Wounded Bear...

I'm sorry you never got there.

But you know, we all have regrets about things like this...

I'm really glad you enjoyed my pictures!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 07:11 PM

14. I so wanted to see that in the early 1960s

when I was a young boy and our family traveled through Arizona. I saw it on the map as we drove across northern Arizona heading to California. I believe at the time it wasn't called the meteor crater. I don't remember the name but I think it was listed on the map as a crater but not as a meteor crater.

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Response to aint_no_life_nowhere (Reply #14)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 08:32 PM

17. My dear aint_no_life_nowhere...

You know, they told us when this opened and now I can't remember!

It probably was the same crater........there's only one in the area.

For a long time, it was thought that this had been a volcanic crater, but that was a mistake.

It was the first meteor crater to be discovered.

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Response to aint_no_life_nowhere (Reply #14)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 06:12 AM

46. I saw it as a kid in the '60s

But after seeing things like 'Godzilla' and 'The Blob,' I wasn't terribly impressed as a kid by a depression in the ground. I was more excited about Disneyland.

And they didn't have a huge visitors' center then with all those displays and educational info. That new center is a great addition!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 07:20 PM

15. Gees, I thought it'd be pics of Jan Brewer's Governor's Mansion.

 

/end snark.

Good pics. If I'm ever in that neighborhood I'll have to visit. I'm glad to you that pic of people standing on an observation platform. It really does provide scale.

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Response to dballance (Reply #15)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 08:37 PM

18. My dear dballance!

You are too funny!

I hope you can visit...it is certainly worth seeing in person.

It doesn't look all that big......until you see the people looking into it. During the 10 minute movie presentation, they show the crater filled with 20 football stadiums and all the people as they would be sitting around those stadiums. It was amazing.

Glad you enjoyed the pics!



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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 08:52 PM

19. I live in Az and have never visited.

Thanks for the tour Peggy.

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Response to panader0 (Reply #19)

Sat Jun 21, 2014, 08:57 PM

20. My dear panader0!

And isn't that always the way? There's so much in Los Angeles that we have never seen as well...

You practically have to move away to see things you used to live near.

Glad you enjoyed my little tour!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 12:18 AM

21. That's one of my favorite parts of the world!

Which direction are you headed next?

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Response to Nevernose (Reply #21)

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 12:29 AM

22. My dear Nevernose!

We like it too!

Tomorrow we leave for Page and the Antelope Canyon. I've seen the pictures folks have taken there, and I want some of my own!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 01:35 AM

23. Visisted in the mid 80s as a child

I don't remember much, other than it's a huge damn hole in the ground. lol

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 03:35 AM

24. Pretty amazing, huh?

I visited the crater, in the late '70s. The exhibits have probably been updated, since then, but I'm thinking that the crater hasn't changed very much, over the last 30+ years.

Nice to have you in Arizona, by the way.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 03:48 AM

25. I love it!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 04:59 AM

26. I remember this from the movie Starman.

It had Jeff Bridges, Martin Sheen, and Karen Allen. A really good movie IMO

Each time I transferred across country I always said we would stop and see this. For one reason or another we had to skip it.

On my last transfer though, we did stop at the Grand Canyon. It actually took my breath away seeing it for the first time. We would have loved to stay for a few days and take the train, do the donkey trail. But as always, time constraints we could only stay for a day. We did stop at all the corny road stops though, biggest TeePee, ball of yarn, rattler farm, etc.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 05:50 AM

27. How big is that chunk of meteor?

There's really nothing to give it any scale in that photo.

I guesstimate 4-5' ish?

The building is architecturally astounding as well. The entrance at least. (The buildings in back look like a junior HS circa 1972.)

But the entrance blends perfectly with the landscape and also echos the crater itself a bit.


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Response to alphafemale (Reply #27)

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 10:05 AM

29. It's actually not that big, my dear alphafemale...

My husband was thinking maybe a couple of feet at most in diameter.

Dunno!

VERY dense and heavy.

The building is new, just finished in the last couple of months or so.

We really enjoyed the exhibits.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 06:08 AM

28. Super cool, Peggy

I love those humongous craters. It really gives us a sense of how tiny we are, and how powerful nature can be. Thanks for sharing!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 01:45 PM

30. That's on my bucket list.

The way things are going, I'm going to get stuck moving back in with my family. Fortunately, they live in Phoenix, so Meteor Crater is not that long of a haul. Thanks for giving me some incentive to get off my butt and make some moves to get out of here.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #30)

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 08:49 PM

35. Definitely worth a day trip, my dear GoCubsGo!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 04:33 PM

31. Cool! I haven't been there since I was 10 years old.

I still have the little piece of meteorite I bought in the gift shop. I think it was 50 cents.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #31)

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 08:51 PM

36. I think there's nothing at that price nowadays, my dear MineralMan!

You might be shocked...

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 06:42 PM

32. Cool...

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #32)

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 08:56 PM

37. Thanks for coming by, Chris...Great to see you!

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #32)

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 09:15 PM

40. Howdy!

Great to see you!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 07:21 PM

33. You're a great story teller CP! Thanks k&r

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Response to Little Star (Reply #33)

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 08:57 PM

38. Aw, thanks, my dear Little Star!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 07:25 PM

34. I visited there and the Grand Canyon on the same trip.

 

It's a striking juxtaposition of two nearby phenomena -- the Grand Canyon, carved out over millions of years, and Meteor Crater, created in an instant.

Thanks for the memory!

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Response to Jim Lane (Reply #34)

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 09:12 PM

39. Oh, you're welcome, my dear Jim Lane!

I hadn't thought of it that way..........thanks for making that connection!

They are both amazing places.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 09:38 PM

41. Took the family to see it a few years back,,,

the day after seeing the GC. Took off from Flagstaff, east on 40. I kinda knew where I was going and what I wanted to see, the family didnt have any idea. They thought it ws pretty cool. ALong with the obligatory stop at Winslow, petrified forest etc.
Was it windy when you were there? Out tie was in April, and we had w-i-n-d to contend with at the Crater. Once can sii it on Google maps if your interested.

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Response to benld74 (Reply #41)

Sun Jun 22, 2014, 11:45 PM

42. It was windy to beat the band, my dear benheld74!

My husband had heard of it and wanted to see it so we went!

We enjoyed it a lot, along with the history and geology of the place.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 12:41 AM

43. Barringer Meteor Crater

Got a chance to go in 1988. Thank you for bringing it back to me.

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Response to Octafish (Reply #43)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 01:08 AM

44. I'm glad to help, my dear Octafish!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 05:58 AM

45. Excellent post, CP!

I just love it when you take us on vacation with you!

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