This week’s MotD theme: Holy Moley!
Shane Torgerson captured this beautiful photo of The Barringer Meteorite Crater, scientifically and more commonly known as Meteor Crater, located near Winslow, Arizona. It’s considered the best example of an intact, meteor impact crater on earth. Privately owned by the Barringer family, they make it open to the public with a visitor center, three lookout points, and an RV park.
The crater is named for Daniel Moreau Barringer, a Philadelphia mining engineer. Barringer was one of the first people to claim that the crater was the result of an impact, contradicting the most eminent scientists of his time. Though he never found the fortune in meteoritic iron he was convinced lay beneath the floor of the crater, Barringer’s theory of the crater’s origin was eventually vindicated and accepted by the scientific community.
You can learn more about visiting the crater from the Meteor Crater web site.
BTW…if you’re at all curious as to what’s at the bottom of the crater, James Tobin of The Meteorite Exchange posted an article with lots of photos for his team’s special permission tour of the crater.
Inspiration for Today
The meteor that formed this crater measured about 150 feet wide. Upon impact it created a crater three-quarters of a mile wide and 750 feet deep and itself exploded into a very fine, nearly atomized mist of molten metal over a mile in every direction. An impassioned Barringer himself made quite an impact on the scientific community who rejected and then later accepted his findings.
Today’s MotD reminds us that one meteor, one person can make a huge impact on our world. Who are we not to reach our full potential?
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