Standing on the rim of the shallow elliptical Crestone Crater located in the northern fringe of Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado.The crater has been a mystery to scientists since its discovery in 1934, being 355 feet by 246 feet & 23 feet deep, built in sand dunes covered in desert vegetation.It has been theorized as an aeolian formation, a possible meteor impact, or a comet impact.Witnesses living in the San Luis Valley in 1892 reported a fireball make a landing from the east in this general area. The site contains no iron/nickel meteors nor does it contain any shocked glass or any other formations generated from an impact. While it doesn't look that prominent in this panorama, it is noticeable in satellite imagery. Other sand dune depressions are prominent in the area though this particular feature has a raised rim all the way around b/w 5-15 feet above the surrounding landscape. If this is one day found to be an impact crater, it will certainly be big news.
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.