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Re: Permian extinction
Neil Clark wrote:
<If the impact was in the ocean, and as the ocean lacked much
continental shelf at the time, then I wouldn't have thought that a
slight increase in moisture in the atmosphere would have caused an
extinction. The importance of the continental shelf is that if the
bolide hits the ocean over the shallow sea, there is a possibility
that it will throw a lot of fine particles, and perhaps burning hot
too, into the atmosphere.>
If the bolide of any extinction event were to hit the ocean,
regardless of where in an ocean, it would have been worse than if the
bolide hit dry land. Water evaporates, and you have about 10% of the
earth's water _gone_. In the air. Climate change. Not to mention
pollution and destruction of everything in the water, except for maybe
algae and bacteria. Or perhaps a few other things.
The deeper the water, the worse. The shallower, as wierd as it may
sound, the better, for the water is more or less untouched directly.
And that's better for all things considered.
Jaime A. Headden
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