Dino-Killing Asteroid Caused Magma to Burst From the Ocean Floor, Say Scientists
February 7, 2018
Gizmodo - At the end of the Cretaceous era, a large meteorite ploughed into what is
now Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The collision set off a chain reaction of environmental
calamities that likely contributed to the demise of the dinosaurs. New research is
now adding to the list of ensuing catastrophes, suggesting the collision cracked our
planet’s seafloor like an egg, forcing magma to pour out along the ocean’s tectonic
Sankar Chatterjee, a professor of geosciences at the Museum of Texas Tech University,
said the paper "is very well-written" and that the authors "suggest an interesting
geodynamic correlation during the [Cretaceous-Tertiary (KT) mass extinction] event."
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