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Re siberian traps
KEN MARTIN has informed me that I sent a message that got truncated. Sorry to
all. So here it is again (you can go back and pick up the conversation after
Frank is real, so no need to put his name in quotes. He is a physicist at the
National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) in Boulder, Colorado. He developed the
Denver Museum's sky camera program set up across the state for tracking
meteorites. He is also working on a paper with a nuclear weapons physicist at
Lawrence Livermore on trying to better estimate the megatonnage of energy
released from crater size.
Everyone's criticism of Frank's statement have all focused on his last
hyperbole, rather than his criticism of the sloppy thinking behind some of the
stories about impacts. One has only look at David Raup and the impact
periodicity as a classic example of seeing what you want. As has been pointed
out several times, there is no periodicity, even in Raup's own data. As for the
Chatterjee reference, that appeared in the Proceedings of the Godwanan Dinosaur
Symposium (Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 1996). He states that either the
Deccan Trap basalts are the effects of the shock wave propagating through the
earth from the Chicxulub impact OR that there was an impact in what he calls
the Shiva Crater off the west coast of India. He even states that this crater
is larger than the Chicxulub. How can he know the size of the crater if he
isn't even sure it is one?
Hopefully this clarifies things.
Kenneth Carpenter, Ph.D.
Curator of Lower Vertebrate Paleontology &
Dept. of Earth Sciences
Denver Museum of Natural History
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205
Image this: "a thundering herd of waddling ankylosaurs..."
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