METEOR CRATER

Arizona, USA
Written By Aubrey Whymark 2012-2017
It was a great pleasure to visit Meteor Crater in Arizona on 14 September 2012. In real life the crater appeared smaller than you would imagine. We were fortunate, however, to see a military Black Hawk helicopter fly into the crater for a spot of sightseeing / low level practice. The Black Hawk helicopter is 64 ft 10 in or 19.76 m in length and this really gave us a sense of scale.
Here are a few pictures for your enjoyment. Please view the presentation at the bottom for more images.

Meteor Crater

Meteor Crater is around 1,200 metres in diameter. It formed around 50,000 years ago by an iron meteorite around 50 metres in diameter. Most of the meteorite vapourised on impact. This event was too small to produce true tektites.
 
ABOVE: Here you can see the raised rim of the crater.

Nininger's Museum

Actually called the 'American Meteorite Museum', it was founded by the great meteoriticist Harvey H. Nininger. this museum was in operation at this site near Meteor Crater from 1942 to 1953. It is now a ruin. I thoroughly recommend Nininger's book 'Find a Falling Star' (1972). On the subject of tektites, his small booklet called 'Chips from the Moon' (1947) is of historical interest.
 
ABOVE: The ruins of the American Meteorite Museum founded by Nininger, unfortunately not accessible.
ABOVE: A small tektite display in the museum.

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