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Stop 14 at Barringer

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We're now standing at the very center of Barringer Crater. Somewhere above us is ground zero where the 300,000 ton, 40 meter diameter nickel-iron meteorite struck around 50,000 years ago. The fresh crater would have been even deeper than it is today beacuse we're standing on 30 meters of sediments that were deposited in a lake when this part of Arizona was much wetter than today.

Geologists Gordon Osinski and Elisabetta Pierazzo near crater center

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360 degree panorama of Barringer crater from the crater floor

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View of Caretaker trail up to the crater rim

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Geologist Gordon Osinski talks about the mining shafts and Daniel Barringer

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Panoramic photo looking back toward the Caretaker Trail
Panoramic photo looking back toward the Caretaker Trail
Photo: G. Osinski, University of Western Ontario
Location:
Center of the crater floor
Scale: Height from the floor to the crater rim is approximately 180 meters

Tear fault at the southeast corner of Barringer Crater
Tear fault at the southeast corner of Barringer Crater
Photo: G. Osinski, University of Western Ontario
Location:
Center of the crater floor
Scale: Height from the floor to the crater rim is approximately 180 meters

In the above photo, notice how a prominent layer of the Kaibab Formation (dashed white line) is offset along a fault.

Equipment from drilling operation on the crater floor
Equipment from drilling operation on the crater floor
Photo: G. Osinski, University of Western Ontario
Location:
Center of the crater floor
Scale: Height from the floor to the crater rim is approximately 180 meters

In the photo above are the remains of a steam boiler and winch that were used to operate the hoist in the main drill shaft. The shaft, located very close to the center of the crater, was expected to encounter the large iron meteorite that Daniel Barringer thought was buried beneath. However, none was encountered and he later concluded that most of the meteorite impactor had either melted, vaporized, or been ejected out of the crater. To learn more about Daniel Barringer's early exploration of Barringer Crater, see The Barringer Meteorite Crater website

360 degree panoramic photo from the floor of Barringer Crater
360 degree panoramic photo from the floor of Barringer Crater
Photo: G. Osinski, University of Western Ontario
Location:
Center of the crater floor
Scale: Height from the floor to the crater rim is approximately 180 meters

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