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Meteor Crater, Arizona
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Meteor Crater, Arizona

 (JPG) Meteor Crater, Arizona (131 KB) ( 1,208 x 797 )
The Barringer Meteorite Crater (also known as Meteor Crater) is a gigantic hole in the middle of the arid sandstone of the Arizona desert. A rim of smashed and jumbled boulders, some of them the size of small houses, rises 50 m above the level of the surrounding plain. The crater itself is nearly a 1500 m wide, and 180 m deep. When Europeans first discovered the crater, the plain around it was covered with chunks of meteoritic iron - over 30 tons of it, scattered over an area 12 to 15 km in diameter. Scientists now believe that the crater was created approximately 50,000 years ago. The meteorite which made it was composed almost entirely of nickel-iron, suggesting that it may have originated in the interior of a small planet. It was 50 m across, weighed roughly 300,000 tons, and was traveling at a speed of 65,000 km per hour. This ASTER 3-D perspective view was created by draping an ASTER bands 3-2-1 image over a digital elevation model from the US Geological Survey National Elevation Dataset. The data were acquired May 17, 2001, and the image covers an area of about 15 x 30 km. This image is located at 35 degrees north latitude, 111 degrees west longitude.

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Meteor Crater, Arizona Meteor Crater, Arizona
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Please give credit for these images to:
NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Space Systems,
and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team

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