Science: Coincidence in Arizona

Every true space cadet knows that the famous, 4,000-ft-wide crater near Winslow, Ariz, was made by a giant meteorite.

The U.S. Board of Geographic Names calls it "Meteor Crater" Airliners fly over it to show it to passengers, and the tourists it draws nourish a woebegone part of arid Arizona.

But science cannot let well enough alone. In the Bulletin of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Geologist Dorsey Hager attempts to prove that Meteor Crater is nothing but an ancient sinkhole that just happened to get peppered, late in its life, by a...

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