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Meteor Crater

Meteor impact 50,000 years ago. Meteor Crater, also known as Barringer Crater is a meteoric crash site about 40 miles east of Flagstaff, Arizona. The ancient blast displaced 175,000,000 tons of rock and earth creating a crater about 3/4 of a mile in diameter and 550 feet deep. Much of the meteor vaporized during its journey to earth, but scientists still estimate the size of the meteorite at impact weighed about 300,000 tons.

NASA astronauts used the crater for training sessions during the 1960s. Today the site is a popular tourist attraction that features a movie theater, restaurant, gift shop and RV park. Scientists still continue to study the crater which was named a National Monument in 1967.

Directions To Meteor Crater.

Take Interstate 40 East from Flagstaff for about 40 miles. Take Exit 233 (Meteor Crater Road) South about 6 miles. Fees apply. Check their official website for schedules and fees. Search for the most convenient Flagstaff Hotel or Motels, Flagstaff Bed and Breakfast or Vacation Rental.

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This page was last modified on 21 December 2011 at 10:32
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