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Flyover of Meteor Crater

Barringer Meteorite Crater (aka Meteor Crater) is the best preserved impact crater on Earth. It has been a training ground for astronauts and continues to be a research focus for planetary geologists who are studying impact cratered terrains on other planets. As such, it is one of the best lunar analogue terrains on Earth and will continue to be a training site for future explorers of the Moon and beyond.

The crater is approximately 1.2 kilometers (0.75 mi) in diameter, with a rim that rises up to 60 meters (196 feet) above the surrounding landscape and a crater floor that falls to a depth of 180 meters (590 feet). The upper crater walls have average slopes of 40 to 50 degrees, although they also include vertical to near-vertical cliffs. The rock ejected from the crater forms a debris blanket that slopes away from the crater rim out to a distance of about 1 kilometer.

This flyover is designed to illustrate those topographical features and the dramatic views created by the impact.

The flyover was created by merging 10 meter USGS topography data with 1 meter USGS image data. The flyover was designed and rendered using Autodesk 3ds Max.

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Guidebook to the Geology of Barringer Meteorite Crater, Arizona

Last updated
May 14, 2010