Geologic Guidebook for the Crater


A Guidebook to the Geology of Barringer Meteorite Crater compiles the entire exploration history of the impact site, beginning with scientific studies in the late 1800s and Daniel Moreau Barringer’s pioneering discovery of the site’s impact origin in the early 1900s.

In the 150-page volume, the entire exploration history is captured in a series of themed chapters like crater rim uplift (Chapter 5), distribution of ejecta (Chapter 7), and the environmental effects of the impact (Chapter 12).  The guidebook provides a rich set of photographs and illustrations that highlight the extraordinary geology that exists at Barringer Meteorite Crater (a.k.a. Meteor Crater).

For those individuals wanting historical and scientific details associated with the exploration of the crater, this volume is an excellent place to start.  It includes a lengthy bibliography, providing immediate access to most published work about the crater.  

To support geologic education and, in particular, the education of impact processes, this volume has been made freely available on-line for students and the general public.  Individual chapters and the entire volume can be downloaded from the Lunar and Planetary Institute website.