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Stop 9 at Barringer

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Ruins from an old Silica Mine
Ruins from an old Silica Mine
Photo: G. Osinski, University of Western Ontario
Location:
Below the southwest corner outside the impact crater
Scale: Height of the structures is approximately 3-4 meters

Workers quarters of the mine
Workers quarters of the mine
Photo: G. Osinski, University of Western Ontario
Location:
Below the southwest corner outside the impact crater
Scale: Height of the structure is approximately 3-4 meters

Ruins from the old silica mining operation

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As we ascend back up to the rim, there is a lot of metal and woody debris on the ground. Some of this was left behind by the drilling operation at Barringer Crater in the 1900's. However, most of what we see today, including the buildings still standing, are part of the old silica mine. In the left photo, the building to the left was a storage area where bags of silica were kept. The building on the right was the workers quarters. This mine wasn't very successful and only operated for a few years during the 1940's.

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