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Re: Giant Impact Near India -- Not Mexico -- May Have Doomed Dinosaurs
When the Shoemaker-Levy 9 asteroid struck Jupiter, prior to impact the
asteroid broke apart, causing several impacts. So isn't it possible
that the asteroid from the K/T impact here broke apart causing both
this impact and the Chicxulub impact, and possibly several other yet
From: evelyn sobielski <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Fri, Oct 16, 2009 2:29 am
Subject: RE: Giant Impact Near India -- Not Mexico -- May Have Doomed
>>> Who would have thought it? Two giant asteroids
hitting the planet at
> the same time. What are the odds?
> That is an excellent question.
More like "close in time"...?
Actually, "at nearly the same time" is far more likely than "close in
What comes down are unspecified bolides. What they were *in outer
space* - a
comet, several asteroids, or a single asteroid that later broke up - is
And indeed, the odds of two extraterrestrial bodies impacting in short
succession are really really low since about as long as Earth had a
crust.. The odds of an asteroid (especially one of uneven shape) above
size causing, within 24 hours or so, *more* than one chunk large enough
mass destruction to impact are about 1, however.
"General Rex, incoming asteroid!"
"Great. Now it's the time to show those allocaudatans what
achieve! Man the Kansan Ocean Ion Blaster and get it on-line, Commander
"We hit it!"
"Great! Another triumph for Rep- wait, why the droopy talon?"
"Well... we *hit* it. But we didn't exactly *destroy* it. Though as a
*monolithic* entity, we did indeed destroy it..."
"By the tetanic tail of _Torvosaurus_! The Eromanga Sea Ion Blaster ist
"With all due respect, it wouldn't be enough."
"How many fragments?"
"Four and counting."
"We're doomed, Commander Raptor... we're doomed."
"Our calculations show that the toothless handless mutants down in the
continent will stand a chance to survive."
"Oh how *great*. What a future - life raising from the ashes, only to
over the floor... Who's gonna clean up after them? As if it weren't bad
that these rascals can already drop their droppings on our heads with
And thus endeth the Mesozoic.