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Is It Mars or Earth?

When viewed out of context, this photograph of Meteor Crater could be incorrectly identified as being on Mars rather than in the desert near Winslow, Arizona USA.

This crater was formed approximately 50,000 years ago when an iron mass, estimated to be about 80 feet in diameter and weighing over 60,000 tons entered the Earth's atmosphere over the American Southwest. The resulting formation is about 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) wide and 570 feet (175 meters) deep. For a better understanding of the size of the crater, the "S" shaped line snaking to the upper right rim of the crater is a road and the white object at the end of the road is a museum building.

This formation was the first of many on Earth to be identified as being of meteoric origin.

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