Barringer 2 

On an incredibly windy day in March 2007, I was able to visit Barringer crater for the second time.

The view from I-40 coming from the west / Flagstaff
A light colored dimple in the grasslands.

 

 On the way, you cross over Canyon Diablo, the river and railway stop the meteorite was named after.

 The Exit

At the top of the exit, a sign letting you know that Meteor Crater is a Natural Landmark. In the distance, the remains of H.H. Nininger's Meteorite Museum

 Driving down Meteor Crater Road

 The Crater

 

 Some of the remains of the mining operation. Shafts, boiler, and, to help people get a sense of scale, there is a plywood astronaut and American Flag on the nearside right end of the fence. When you are looking at the crater, your sense of scale takes a hike, and you begin to think, "Oh, that's not so big..."

 The far wall with a later shaft when Barringer thought the main mass might be off to the side

 

Some Geology

The basic strata before impact was Moenkopi Formation on top (the top thin red band), Kaibab Limestone below (most of the lighter colored material), and Coconino / Toroweap formations below (sandstones)

These were lying horizontally, but were pushed up at an angle - and even folded back - by the impact.

 

 Some parts of the Moenkopi formation were pushed up vertially, and even overturned.

The rocks on the right by the walkway are vertical, and the rocks to the left have been flipped over.

 

In fact, they have a layer of Kaibab Limestone on top of them!

 

At the crater rim, Kaibab Limestone on top of Moenkopi sandstone

 

It really was windy!! 40-50mph with higher gusts. They cancelled the normal walk along the rim to the beginning of the Astronaut Trail.

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