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May 20, 2004 11:04 AM   Subscribe

Sure, you've seen pictures of Meteor Crater, Arizona, but are there any impact craters near you? Probably.
posted by ewagoner (10 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Sweet. Looks like the one closest to me has a 12.7 km diameter. Road Trip! Thanks ewagoner.
posted by Ufez Jones at 11:08 AM on May 20, 2004

Cool the Chesapeake Bay is at least partially the result of a meteor... that's nifty trivia!
posted by dirtylittlemonkey at 11:22 AM on May 20, 2004

Oooh, there's one in Des Plaines. That's not far. : )
posted by SisterHavana at 12:29 PM on May 20, 2004

Just in case you haven't seen a picture: Meteor Crater, Arizona

(self link)
posted by lalas at 12:49 PM on May 20, 2004

I'm noting the west coast is eerily crater-free. Why don't we get any craters?
posted by Salmonberry at 1:13 PM on May 20, 2004

The mountains on the west coast of NA are young from a geological point of view and they have erased/obscured most of the cratering that happened before the mountains formed, like a snow plow running over snow angels.
posted by cardboard at 2:01 PM on May 20, 2004

I was wondering that also Salmonberry - Maybe it's all the Volcanos, or the west coast could be saving up for one big one...
posted by Tenuki at 2:35 PM on May 20, 2004

To anybody who thinks the west coast has been ignored, you might want to take a good long look at this. I'll guarentee you, nothing alive ignored that bastard, nor should anything currently alive still ignore that it happened.

*cough*Yellowstone Super Volcanoe*cough*
posted by Wulfgar! at 3:16 PM on May 20, 2004

Based on that chart, it's probably more like a 50% chance than probably for most americans. I'm in Western MA and going to New York tomorrow, and I'd have to make a mighty big detour to get to a crater along the way ;)
posted by abcde at 4:16 PM on May 20, 2004

Wow, I just noticed that the creek I live on the bank of (number 15 in the North America map) has an impact crater named after it!
posted by whoshotwho at 10:12 PM on May 20, 2004

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