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7 Massive Meteor Craters

Becky Kellogg | TWC
Published: February 19, 2013

Barringer Crater/Meteor Crater, Arizona

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An aerial view of the Barringer Crater/Meteor Crater near Winslow, Arizona. To get a scope of the size, note the building and scenic overlook on the upper left side of the crater's rim.


This is the best-preserved impact crater ever. It was created 49,000 years ago when a large nickel-iron meteorite weighing several hundred thousand tons and traveling at a speed of 40,000 miles per hour hit Earth. It hit what is now Arizona with a force equal to 20 million tons of TNT. The crater is 3/4 of a mile wide and 575 feet deep.


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