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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Scared of being hit by a meteor?

A very interesting article discussing a book on dinosaurus, meteorites and volcanos.
"But Dr Nield’s book even excuses the meteorite from wiping out ­the dinosaurs. He cites one scientist, ­Professor Gerta Keller of Princeton University, who claims there were signs of them on Earth 300,000 years after the meteorite struck.  The suggestion is that while the meteorite dealt the dinosaurs an all-but-fatal blow, what finally finished them off was a massive volcano. Just before the dinosaurs died, there was a huge eruption of volcanic rock and gas in India, with a truly ­stupendous outpouring of lava with toxic exhalations that would have had a catastrophic effect on the atmosphere."
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1343905/Scared-hit-meteor-Dont-dinosaur.html?ito=feeds-newsxml