The two meteorite samples shown above were partly responsible for the famous Barringer Crater (aka Meteor Crater) near Flagstaff, Arizona, USA (shown in the upper photo), where they are believed to have fallen about 50,000 years ago.
Dr. Clair Patterson isn’t necessarily one of the best known scientific names of the 20th century, but he’s a name you ought to know. His work not only changed our understanding of the Earth, but also has had a profound impact on the life of everyone reading this post.
More than a movie set, the cracked basalt of Diablo Canyon makes for some of the best multi-pitch tradition and sport rock climbing in New Mexico. In this area alone, there are over one hundred routes ranging from 5.8 to 5.13 in difficulty - all just 16.4 miles northwest of Santa Fe. Check out the climbing on BLM New Mexico YouTube.
BLM photos courtesy of Steven W. Martin Photography