PDA

View Full Version : Question from Astronomy Cast #36



johndippel
2007-May-21, 11:35 PM
A statement in the presentation said there was some indication the Ordovician-Silurian extintion was possibily caused by a Gamma-Ray Burst. What are those unique clues that Paleontologists have developed from that period that astronomers suggest best fits a GRB event? It is well-established that the extinction at the end of the Cretaceous was due in large part to a comet or asteroid. A similar event may be a factor in the Permian extinction. Too many SUVs and people are being held accountable for today's rapid die-off. What factors in each major extinction has Paleontology uncovered that Astronomy can provide a possible cause?

Galaxy
2007-May-22, 03:07 AM
A statement in the presentation said there was some indication the Ordovician-Silurian extintion was possibily caused by a Gamma-Ray Burst. What are those unique clues that Paleontologists have developed from that period that astronomers suggest best fits a GRB event? It is well-established that the extinction at the end of the Cretaceous was due in large part to a comet or asteroid. A similar event may be a factor in the Permian extinction. Too many SUVs and people are being held accountable for today's rapid die-off. What factors in each major extinction has Paleontology uncovered that Astronomy can provide a possible cause?

John,

I just put links in the show notes for this show (Episode 36) to a handful of papers published in The Astrophysical Journal and The International Journal of Astrobiology, as well as an article from NASA on the subject. I hope one of them can answer your questions.

-Rebecca
Astronomy Cast Web Assistant