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Integrated ArcGIS-compatible Meteor Crater Map Package

To facilitate student research and higher education activities, an integrated ArcGIS-compatible package was compiled for download. The integrated Meteor Crater Map Package is designed to be used with ESRI ArcMap version 10.0 or later software.  This map project was initiated with the LPI-JSC Field Training and Research Program at Meteor Crater and then underwent substantial development by one of that program’s students.  This map package was created to provide a single, compiled source of general/public use data available for the Barringer Meteorite Crater (aka Meteor Crater).  This is meant to be used as a teaching tool or for the general study of the impact crater and is not meant for commercial distribution.    

These data were compiled and integrated into the functionally useful format available here by Michael Zanetti of Washington University at St. Louis.

Meteor Crater Meteor Crater Map Package
432 MB – Requiring significant time for download

Coordinate system for Data frame:
Projection: Transverse_Mercator
False_Easting: 500000.000000
False_Northing: 0.000000
Central_Meridian: -111.000000
Scale_Factor: 0.999600
Latitude_Of_Origin: 0.000000
Linear Unit: Meter

Datum: D_North_American_1983

A transformation was performed on datasets not in this projection frame.
Orthographic Images:
                Color orthographic images were downloaded from The USGS National Map Viewer
Download: search Meteor Crater, AZ
Ortho color – Meteor Crater = 96592519.tif
Ortho color – Northwest = 93262956.tif
Ortho color – West = 86452157.tif
Ortho color – North = 14284709.tif
Spatial Reference: North_American_1983_UTM_Zone_12N
Spatial Resolution: 1 m per pixel
                A monochrome mosaic was created with images downloaded from Microsoft Research Maps.|meteor+crater||
Ortho BW – Meteor Crater = MetCrat.tif
Spatial Reference: NAD_1983_UTM_Zone12N
Spatial Resolution: 1 m per pixel

                A digital elevation model created by the USGS was downloaded through the GeoCommunity™ website and formatted in the spatial data transfer standard (SDTS) format. Data for Meteor Crater and Coconino County is available on the GeoCommunity™ website at The same USGS DEM is also available from



Spatial Reference: NAD_1927_UTM_Zone_12N

Spatial Resolution: 10 m per pixel

Using the ArcGIS toolbox- 3D analyst a hillshade map and slope map were derived from the USGS DEM.

HillshadeUSGS: Azimuth 315°, Altitude 45°.  SlopeUSGS: Slope in Degrees

                An ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) digital elevation model has also been included in this map package. The ASTER GDEM is a product of the Earth Remote Sensing Data Analysis Center (ERSDAC); please consult for more information regarding this dataset.
ASTER DEM N35W112 = ASTGTM2_N35W112_dem.tif
Spatial Reference: GCS_WGS_1984
Spatial Resolution: 30 m per pixel

                These data were produced during a NASA conducted ground-based laser scan of the crater interior using an Optech ILRIS 3D scanner from the floor of the crater in June of 2007. Please see the Preliminary Report of Project Results Brown et al. (2008) Creation of High Resolution Terrain Models of Barringer Meteorite Crater (Meteor Crater) Using Photogrammetry and Terrestrial Laser Scanning Methods, Lunar and Planetary Science XXXIX, Abstract #2453.
As listed on website
Spatial Reference: GCS_WGS_1984
Spatial Resolution: ~ 1 m per pixel

Landsat Images:
                The Landsat images compiled at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) Meteor Crater guidebook page have been included in this map package. Included are only the RGB color composite images. If individual bands are required they are available at
Landsat 5 images from years 2000 – 2009 and Landsat 7 images from years 1999 – 2003 have been included. Consult the listed website for image acquisition dates.
As listed on website
Spatial Reference: WGS_1984_UTM_Zone12N
Spatial Resolution: 30 m per pixel

Geologic Map
                The geologic Map produced by Eugene M. Shoemaker (1960) was digitized and georeferenced to the USGS orthographic images. Consult the LPI Meteor Crater website for more information on the digital map.

Shoemaker, E. M. (1960) Penetration mechanics of high velocity meteorites, illustrated by Meteor crater, Arizona. International Geological Congress, 21st, Copenhagen, pp. 418-434


Guidebook to the Geology of Barringer Meteorite Crater, Arizona

Last updated
February 28, 2012