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Name: Mae Kendrick
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Question:
How come I always see meteorite craters with no meteorites in them? How big was the meteorite that formed the Barringer crater in Arizona?



Replies:
Most meteors vaporize in the energetic collision with the ground. Parts of what are left end up buried beneath the surface. A crater is typically 16 times larger than the meteor that created it.

Check the following sites for more information: http://www.if.ufrgs.br/ast/solar/tercrate.htm http://www.barringercrater.com/ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap971117.html http://www.meteorite.com/meteor_crater/m_c_hike.htm http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/solar_system_level2/arizona_cr ater.html

I hope this helps!

Nathan A. Unterman



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