Asteroid Destroyed Dinosaurs at a 60-Degree Angle

Greetings All,

I came across some interesting news regarding dinosaurs and had to share it. The following information is from News Fusion.

According to a study published in Nature Communications, an asteroid crashed into Earth 66 million years ago and wiped out all land-dwelling dinosaurs as well as 75 percent of life on the planet. Coming in at a 60-degree angle, the asteroid reportedly hit southern Mexico and kicked up enough debris and gases into the atmosphere that changed the climate. Lead author Gareth Collins of Imperial College London and his colleagues from the University of Freiburg & the University of Texas at Austin studied four possible angles—90, 60, 45, and 30 degrees—as well as two impact speeds, 12 and 20 kilometers per second. Collins advised the following:

“Sixty degrees is a more lethal impact angle because it ejects a larger amount of material fast enough to engulf the planet.”

“The Chicxulub impact triggered a mass extinction because it ejected huge quantities of dust and gas out of the crater fast enough to disperse around the globe.”

Smoke, ash, and debris hit the Earth’s atmosphere and destroyed most of the plants and species. The Chicxulub crater in Mexico is thought to have triggered an earthquake whose seismic waves reached Tanis, a fossil site in North Dakota. This shock triggered water and debris from an inland sea known as the Western Interior Seaway.

There are a few books that I will be purchasing on the history of dinosaurs. But I’m already 5 books behind, so that information will come later. 

To check out the full article, click here. If you have any additional information, feel free to comment below.

Until Next Time…

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