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Fraser
2005-Sep-07, 08:52 AM
SUMMARY: When a 10-km (6-mile), dinosaur-killing asteroid struck the Earth 65 million years ago, it released so much energy that it vaporized rock, which then fell like rain around the world. Scientists now think that these droplets of rock, called spherules, condensed out of a cloud of water vapour that surrounded the Earth shortly after the impact. They were able to trace the composition of the spherules back to the original Chicxulub impact crater, demonstrating that the material came from the Earth, and not the asteroid itself.

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vkp
2005-Nov-08, 05:41 PM
This is very interesting but can the imapct give us clues about the formation of the solar system in any way ? Maybe the scientists can work upon the materials the asteroid cantained and level of impact and its aftermath.

Infomative thing !! Great .