Odessa Meteor Crater and Museum

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60,000 years ago it may have been something! Apr 29, 2013
Located only a couple of miles south of the Interstate near Odessa is this site which has been designated as a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service. There is a museum style information building which happened to be closed on the Monday that we were there and a small information area and nature trail which circles the outline of the crater and includes an area down in the bottom of the crater.

The crater is 168 meters (550 feet) in diameter and the age is estimated to be around 63,500 years (Pleistocene). The crater is exposed to the surface, and was originally about 100 feet (30 meters) deep. Due to subsequent infilling by soil and debris, the crater is currently 15 feet (5 meters) deep at its lowest point, which provides enough relief to be visible over the surrounding plains, but does not give you much of the dramatic effect of some other craters, such as the one in Arizona.

Easy to get to but not very thrilling. It won’t knock your sox off.
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spocklogic says:
That makes its original size about half that of the famous Meteor Crater in Arizona - still impressive in size! I recently wrote about the Nordlingen Crater in Germany that dwarfs either of these. That was 15 million years ago though and estimated the original size was 25km (15mi) wide. Like your crater, it's mostly filled in now.
Posted on: Jun 22, 2013
X_Drive says:
I think we should be glad they don't hit more often. I think many small ones do, but very few like this one. :D
Posted on: Jun 20, 2013
jeanh2 says:
I don't think I've ever seen a crater made by a meteor ... but it makes you wonder why they don't hit us more often these days ... just lucky perhaps?
Posted on: Jun 19, 2013
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