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Science Monday, November 26th 2012 at 4:00 pm

Geologists Study Crater Formation by Making Craters With Dynamite — Let’s Watch!

Geologists at the University of Buffalo are making us think we picked the wrong career today, publishing a study in the journal Physical Review Letters that explores the nature and formation of volcanic maar craters — bowl-like craters that are formed by volcanic activity, but resemble the impact craters left behind by some meteorites. How, you may ask does one recreate a crater in the lab? The immensely satisfying answer is “in slow motion with a lot of dynamite.” As you can see in the short video below which replicates the explosion and aftermath that go into forming one of these craters, we may have missed our calling.

(via Eurekalert)

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