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Re: Source of KT asteroid pdf

Hi Jim

Beat me to it. Another helpful factor is that the velocity change needed to drop things closer to the Sun is actually lower in the EK Belt than in the Main Belt.

Iridium is a pretty clear signal that it was an iron-rich asteroid, so icy cometoids might be out of the picture. I have heard there might be evidence of more than one impactor.

What about all you Dino Doctors? Who believes the K/T extinction was due to an impact (or two)? Who believes it was volcanism? Something else?


jrc wrote:

It's not that simple. It depends both upon the distribution of the total volumes of matter within the two volumes of space, and the fact that perturbations resulting in elliptical orbits cause matter to funnel into a smaller volume of space as they approach the sun (and Earth).


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Subject: Re: Source of KT asteroid pdf

If both inner asteroid belt and Kuiper belt collisions produced impactor candidates, I suppose given the vastly greater distances and thus volume of space and much smaller target area (Earth) in that larger volume of space, there is a higher likelihood that an object from the inner belt would strike our planet.