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Re: Big 250 mya Crater Found In Antarctica

Possibly a Permian-Triassic meteoroid swarm, which gradually diminished
over time.

The fragmentation of just one large earth-crossing asteroid could account
for the temporal clustering of craters on earth during this period.  If
the resulting fragments were also earth-crossers, then the earth would
eventually have swept them up within a few million years (maybe a bit

Also note that the entire Triassic was a time of rather large cosmic

214 mya (+/- large error bar):  Manicouagan impact
214 mya (+/- large error bar): Rochechouart in central France

Even when the error is taken into account, both craters lay comfortably
with the Late Triassic.

The Manicouagan and Rochechouart impactors may have been the last of the
big pieces to be swept up from the earth crossers that began falling at
the Permian-Triassic boundary.  Therefore, it is entirely possible that
impact events separated by tens of millions of years may have had a
common genesis.

Just speculation of course.


On Fri, 02 Jun 2006 18:25:14 +0100 john hunt <john.bass@ntlworld.com>
> And what about this: 
> http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/05/040514025854.htm
> 250mya craters seem to be turning up all the time!  This one is only 
> a
> tiddler though.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] On 
> Behalf Of
> Richard W. Travsky
> Sent: 02 June 2006 16:43
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Big 250 mya Crater Found In Antarctica
> 1-18311100-bc-us-giantcrater.xml
> COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 1 (UPI) -- U.S. planetary scientists report 
> finding 
> evidence of a meteor impact much larger than the one believed 
> responsible 
> for the extinction of dinosaurs.
> The 300-mile-wide crater lies more than a mile beneath the East 
> Antarctic 
> Ice Sheet and might date to about 250 million years ago -- the time 
> of the 
> Permian-Triassic extinction, when nearly all animal life on Earth 
> became 
> extinct.
> Its size and location -- in the Wilkes Land region of East 
> Antarctica, 
> south of Australia -- suggest it could have begun the breakup of the 
> Gondwana supercontinent by creating the tectonic rift that pushed 
> Australia northward.
> Scientists believe the Permian-Triassic extinction paved the way for 
> dinosaurs to rise to prominence. The Wilkes Land crater is more than 
> five 
> times the size of the Chicxulub crater in the Yucatan peninsula, 
> which 
> marks the impact that may have ultimately killed the dinosaurs 65 
> million 
> years ago.
> Ohio State University researchers who made the discovery 
> collaborated with 
> the National Aeornautics and Space Administration, Russian and South 
> Korean scientists in the study.
> The preliminary results of their research were presented during a 
> recent 
> poster session at the American Geophysical Union Joint Assembly 
> meeting in 
> Baltimore.

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