impact crater

Just look at the moon. The term is terse and exact: an impact crater is the footprint of an impact by an unspecified foreign object, often causing a major landscape feature to develop. These tend to be round and symmetrical holes, sometimes mistaken for calderas or volcanic lakes. The science fiction film Starman made good use of America’s premiere impact crater—Meteor Crater, east of the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona. (It forms part of the geological trifecta of that section of I-40: Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest/Painted Desert, and Meteor Crater.)

Luis Alberto Urrea