Dino ending asteroid may have punctured the earth's crust

The asteroid that led to the extinction of dinosaurs may have resulted in a much bigger impact than first thought.
By James Smith | Nov 20, 2016
Occasionally, asteroids and comets impact the earth. The impact is usually life changing for the whole planet as it results in changes of great proportion. The asteroid that led to the extinction of dinosaurs may have resulted in a much bigger impact than first thought.

The asteroid is thought to have been about 6 miles wide. However, the impact creature measured almost 30 miles wide. But today the evidence of the creator is not visible to the human eye, only through using sophisticated machinery.

Scientists had long believed that this was due to erosion. However, after further investigation, it appears that the asteroidimpact may have led to liquefication of the earth's crust due to heat and pressure.

The result is illustrated and compared to a stone being dropped in a pond. "These deeply buried rocks rose up to the surface of the Earth within the first few minutes of the impact," Gulick said, a top researcher on the phenomena. "They showed evidence they experienced a high degree of shock from the impact."

"The earth there would have temporarily behaved like a slow-moving fluid," Gulick continued. "The stony asteroid would have opened up a hole probably almost the thickness of the Earth's crust, approximately 30 km [18 miles] deep, and on the order of 80 to 100 km [50 to 62 miles] wide."

The scientists attributed this ripple effect to the continues mountain ranges in the area. He insisted the rocks that form the mountains are from deep within the earth's crust, more accustomed to volcanic mountains than tectonically formed maintains.

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