THE CRATER’S RISE TO STARDOM:
Many factors have contributed to the popularity of the meteor crater in Arizona. Unlike the Vredefort which looks more like a valley, it is easily visible in one glance; unlike Chesapeake it is not submerged in water and thus beyond reach ; and unlike the Sikhote-Alin craters, which look like a bunch of holes dug for a funeral or for a picnic, Meteor Crater actually gives you the impression that you are observing a crater made by a meteorite –a huge hole too big to be man -made but just the right size to see in its entirety.
Meteor Crater is perhaps the best-known example of a small impact crater on the Earth.
The crater was created about 50,000 years ago when the local climate on the Colorado Plateau was much cooler and damper. At the time, the area
was an open grassland dotted with woodlands inhabited by woolly mammoths and giant ground sloths.
The movie provided all sorts of enlightening info which sort of geared me up for the ‘impact of the impact’. So as soon as it was over we rushed out to actually see the crater. Right then a guided tour was about to start….but natures call intervened and I had to rush the other way. Since Dad and Rhonda had decided not go for the tour because of the heat which would have been too much for Dad ,they were not with us and so I asked Titir, who was with me , to wait at a designated place till I came back .It took me quite a while to find the restroom and by the time I was back she was gone. Naturally, being panicky by nature I started searching for her .
The tour guide and Samit had already left without bothering about me and I wasn’t sure whether Titir was with them. I found Dad and Rhonda in the curio shop which was between the food court (which consisted only of Subway) and the display area cum museum, but they too hadn’t seen her. Brushing away the worry about Titir’s absence and feeling dejected that everybody had left me, I went to the observation deck to see the Crater.