We stopped at Meteor Crater today as we drove East today. It is a big hole in the ground, but we enjoyed the visit. The Crater was formed 50,000 years ago when a meteor about 150 feet across and weighing several hundred thousand tons hit Arizona. You really can’t get a good sense of scale from the pictures. The crater is about 700 feet deep and 4,000 feet across.
The real name of the Crater is Barringer Meteorite Crater. Daniel Barringer thought that since a meteorite had landed in the hole, he could dig out a bunch of iron, sell it to the railroad and make a fortune. Instead, he spent the next 25 years drilling holes and finding nothing. This is the largest fragment of the meteorite that was ever found – it weighs 1,700 pounds.
While we hiked around the rim, we saw another collared lizard. Maybe I should do a whole study of art quilts!