November 11, 2009
Written by: Jessica Behnham
Dr. Sankar Chatterjee of Texas Tech University has found a crater in India that is far bigger than the one in Mexico. Reporting on the find, The Economist (October 24, 2009) says Chatterjee’s crater “is 500 kilometres across. The explosion that caused it may have been 100 times the size of the one that created Chicxulub. He calls it Shiva, after the Indian deity of destruction.”
He points to an underwater mountain off the coast of Mumbai as further evidence that some sort of apocalyptic event took place. The peak of Bombay High stands about five kilometres above the seabed and it sits within the rim of the Shiva crater. Dr. Chatterjee suggests that this mountain was formed by magma that spewed out of a crack in the Earth’s crust. That fissure, he says, was caused by the massive impact of a large asteroid.
Dr Chatterjee outlined his research on Shiva at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Portland, Oregon, on October 18, 2009.