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The Chicxulub Asteroid Impact That Killed the Dinosaurs Also Created Ocean Eruptions on the Other Side of the World

Megan Bartels

February 8, 2018

Newsweek - Sometimes it feels like the sky is falling and the oceans are boiling, but when you start to get stressed out, remember the dinosaurs had it worse than you do: A new paper in Science Advances adds another apocalypse scenario to the nightmare that unfolded at the end of the Cretaceous period.

But there's one piece of the puzzle that was missing—the largest anomalies were found in seafloor that would have been on the opposite side of the globe, between southern Africa and Australia.

"Unfortunately, around the Chicxulub crater, the volcanic activity is practically absent except the impact melt rock in the target rock of the crater basin," Sankar Chatterjee, an earth scientist at Texas Tech University not involved in the research, told Gizmodo. "One should expect massive volcanism in the Gulf of Mexico, if Chicxulub was the culprit for far away volcanism."

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