A Few Pics from WetumpkaThursday, March 17, 2005
Last weekend, we went to Montgomery, but part of the trip took us through Wetumpka, which is pretty well known for its impact crater.
The "impact structure" - or astrobleme - or crater (I don't know which is most correct) in Wetumpka was formed when a iron asteroid or meteorite hit 80-83 million years ago back when that part of Alabama was under water. I've read that the asteroid was something like the size of Jordan-Hare stadium, hitting the earth at a speed of 10-20 miles/second, and that the displacement could have been shot all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Some of what I've just described can be found here at Auburn's website and here at the Wetumpka-area Commerce site. I couldn't really find a great picture to take of the crater, but below are some of the other pics we shot in Wetumpka:
The eight columns are made from Missouri marble.