The Barringer Crater, in Arizona. 50,000 years ago, a meteor smashed into the Earth here. To give you some idea of the immensity of the crater, the little dark blobs along the top rim are full-grown trees. An unusual aspect of the crater is that it produces an extraordinary, gale-force wind. As Mary and I descended the stairs to the observation deck, where I took this picture, the wind pushed us forwards and backwards, and if we hadn't held tightly onto them, would have blown our eyeglasses right off our faces.
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