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Stop 8 at Barringer

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Old silica pits below the crater rim
Photo: G. Osinski, University of Western Ontario
Location:
Below the southwest corner outside the impact crater
Scale: Pipe length is approximately 10 meters


Closer view of the pulverized silica
Photo: G. Osinski, University of Western Ontario
Location:
Below the southwest corner outside the impact crater
Scale: Height of white silica layer is approximately 1-2 meters

Panorama of the old silica pits

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Here we can see old silica pits where, for a few years in the 1940's, silica was mined for glass making. All of the bright white material is silica that was finely pulverized during the impact event. The presence of this silica was one of the main lines of evidence used by Daniel Barringer to support his claim that this crater was a meteorite impact crater and not a volcanic crater.

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