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What Happens When a Meteorite Strikes Earth?

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A good example of what happens when a smallasteroid hits the Earth is Barringer Crater (a.k.a.Meteor Crater) near Winslow, Arizona. It was formed about 50,000 years ago by an iron meteor about 30-50 meters in diameter. … One of these hits the Earthabout once in a million years or so on the average.

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