Meteor Crater, June 17th, 2016

As a part of the research internship I am doing right now at Northern Arizona University, we visited Meteor Crater, near Flagstaff, and were able to hike around the rim of the crater (something casual visitors are unable to do) with an impact crater expert as a tour guide.  Meteor crater is the best preserved impact crater on Earth, from an impact occurring approximately 50,000 years ago.  The red dirt you can see on the side of the crater is actually the youngest dirt in this area, meaning it should be on top.  The white and yellow rocks above it are actually older, which is strong evidence for this being an impact crater, as older rocks were thrown up and out by the impact.



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