In this alternative explanation of the dinosaurs' disappearance,
the end came literally in a global disaster--the impact of a giant
asteroid! The crater formed by the impact is estimated to be at
least one hundred miles across. Rock thrown out of the crater blanketed
the ground up to several thousand miles away covering much of North
and South America destroying everything. Giant waves called tsunamis
swept over the land.
But, not only
the Americas were affected! The impact and resulting heat wave would
have caused giant forest fires all over the world. Thick clouds
from the dust thrown up by the impact and clouds of smoke from fires
started by the heat of the impact explosion covered the whole Earth
for at least six months to a year. Algae in the oceans and plants
on the land not burned by the fires died due to the lack of sunlight.
Chemicals from the asteroid and the heated air formed acid rain
poisoning the rivers, lakes and oceans, causing countless additional
to this idea, the dinosaurs died quickly by fire, storm, poison,
But now the
question is: did a giant asteroid strike Earth 65 million years
ago? Is there evidence for impact craters
on Earth, especially a big one at just the right time? Were there
any asteroids or comets
in space that could have hit the Earth? Is there evidence of huge
fires? Do the fossils show that the dinosaurs all died suddenly?
Could such an impact ever happen again and destroy our civilization?
In your search,
you might want to look for information on asteroids, impact craters,
iridium, and extinctions. Good luck!