Scientists discover a crater similar to the one created by an asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs - BBC News

Scientists discover a crater similar to the one created by an asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs – BBC News

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The Nadir Crater may have some connection with the Chicxulub Crater, resulting from an asteroid collision 66 million years ago.

The discovery of a West African crater is raising new questions about what happened on the fateful day an asteroid crashed into what is now the Gulf of Mexico 66 million years ago, killing the dinosaurs and forming the famous Chicxulub crater. .

Scientists recently revealed that Nader crater is 8.5 kilometers in diameter, 400 kilometers from the coast of Guinea and 300 meters below sea level. The estimated age of the Chicxulub crater is similar, which raises the possibility that they are somehow related – for example, they could have both formed after the impact of fragments from the same asteroid.

It is possible that the Nader crater was formed as a result of an asteroid impact with a diameter of just under 0.5 km, while the diameter of the crater that created the Chickxulub crater was estimated to be 12 km in diameter.

The asteroid that fell in the Gulf of Mexico region caused strong earthquakes, tsunamis and a firestorm. So much dusty material reached the sky that the earth went into a deep cooling. Dinosaurs did not survive the climate shock.

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