Sunday, August 19, 2012

Photo-a-Day - Aug 2012 - Day 19: Hole

Photo-a-Day - Aug 2012 - Day 19: Hole
Meteor Crater in Arizona definitely qualifies as a big hole.  Meteor Crater is east of Flagstaff, near Winslow.  Considering it's size, you can understand why I wasn't able to photograph the entire crater.  For those who may remember the movie "Starman" with Jeff Bridges, this is the crater used in the opening and closing scenes.

From Wikipedia:  It lies at an elevation of about 5,709 ft. above sea level, is about 4,000 ft. in diameter, some 570 ft. deep, and is surrounded by a rim that rises 150 ft above the surrounding plains. One of the interesting features of the crater is its squared-off outline, believed to be caused by pre-existing regional jointing (cracks) in the strata at the impact site.

To give a better idea of the crater's size, shape and the desolation of the surrounding area, I downloaded this second photo from on-line:

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