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Impact Scenario/New Ref.
Stop me if you've heard this impact scenario by Duncan Steel in his new
book, "Rogue Asteroids and Doomsday Comets." (Publ.- John Wiley & Sons,
Inc.: New York, 1995.)
As Dr. Steele sees it, the K/T may have been even worse we've imagined
it, and only a harbinger of impacts yet to come. An English research
astronomer now working at the Anglo-Australian Observatory, Dr. Steel is
the director of one of the three global asteroid and comet search prorams.
While well-grounded in the hard sciences, he acknowledges a debt of
inspiration to science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke (who wrote the
foreword), as well as the cultural methodology of Immanuel Velikovsky, if
not his theories.
In Steel's opinion, the Tunguska event of 1908 is directly linked to the
twice-annual Taurid Complex of meteor showers associated with Comet Encke. He
believes an ice-coated stony cometary fragment exploded above
Siberia, as described in impacting models only recently proposed.
Moreover, he suggests that about 5,000 years ago the Taurids burst into a
period of meteor storms and Tunguska-like explosions that inspired the
building of Stonehenge(!) and the pyramids of Egypt.
With a swarm of more than 2,000 large objects now being tracked around
earth, Steel focuses most of his attention on the future than on the past.
You won't necessarily learn a lot of new things specifically about the the
Chicxulub crater and related impacts, their link to the Deccan traps, or
their effects on the Cretaceous. But you are likely to gain a better
understanding of the bigger picture.
To quote "The X-Files," THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE.