Researchers have just come to a stunning conclusion about the asteroid impact that wiped dinosaurs from the face of the Earth 65 million years ago.
Scientists have just come to an incredible conclusion about the asteroid that is believed to have caused dinosaurs to go extinct 65 million years ago. If it had struck just moments later, dinosaurs might still be alive today, the amazing new report claims.
A new documentary from the BBC is arguing that the nine mile long asteroid that is blamed for causing the destruction of the dinosaurs may have spared the great lizards had it struck just 30 seconds later. But because the asteroid struck in a price rock, hitting a patch of sulfur-rich rock, it plunged the Earth into a global winter because the sulphur reflected light away from the Earth back into space.
It explains how such a small asteroid in comparison to the size of the Earth could have totally wiped out dinosaurs, ending 150 million years on this planet. If it had struck 30 seconds later, it would have landed in the ocean and not caused nearly the devastating impact it had.
The Department of Energy says on its website that such an impact would have had an incredible effect on the Earth right away.
“The kinetic energy of such an asteroid (more than 6 miles in diameter) would equal the energy of 300 million nuclear weapons and create temperatures hotter than on the sun’s surface for several minutes,” the DoE states. “The expanding fireball of superheated air would immediately wipe out unprotected organisms near the impact and eventually lead to the extinction of many species worldwide. Immediate effects would include an eardrum-puncturing sonic boom, intense blinding light, severe radiation burns, a crushing blast wave, lethal balls of hot glass, winds with speeds of hundreds of kilometers per hour, and flash fires. Longer-term effects would alter Earth’s climate.”