Skip to comments.Double Whammy: 2 Meteors Hit Ancient Earth At The Same Time
Posted on 09/15/2015 9:53:39 AM PDT by blam
September 15, 2015
An artist's depiction of the dual meteor strike. (Don Dixon/Erik Sturkell/University of Gothenburg)
It's not altogether uncommon to hear about double rainbows, but what about a double meteor strike? It's a rare event, but researchers in Sweden recently found evidence that two meteors smacked into Earth at the same time, about 458 million years ago.
Researchers from the University of Gothenburg uncovered two craters in the county of Jämtland in central Sweden. The meteors that formed the craters landed just a few miles from each other at the same moment, according to Erik Sturkell, a professor of geophysics at the University of Gothenburg and one of the scientists who is studying the newfound craters.
When the meteors slammed into Earth, Jämtland was just a seafloor, about 1,600 feet below the surface of the water. One of the craters left by the meteors is huge, measuring 4.7 miles across. The other, smaller crater which is only about 2,300 feet across is located just 10 miles from its larger neighbor. [Meteor Crater: Experience an Ancient Impact]
After analyzing information collected from a drilling operation, the researchers determined that the impact craters were formed at the same time. The information revealed identical geological sequences, or layers of rock, inside each crater. The sediment that accumulated inside the craters over the subsequent millennia also dates back to the same time, according to Sturkell.
"In other words, these are simultaneous impacts," Sturkell said in a statement. The meteors likely crashed to Earth following the collision of two large asteroids in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter some 470 million years ago, he added.
When the meteors crashed into Earth, they displaced the water underneath them...
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“At the same time”, or “Within a few thousand years of each other”?
Bush’s fault. Bush and those damned SUVs.
Womyn and minorities were hardest hit.
Same meteor it just broke apart right before impact.
1 roid broke in two on approach.
Think of the rosetta comet splitting at the “neck” but continuing in tandem to its destination.
Is this what “science” has become?
Couldn’t it have been the two larger halves of the same meteor that had split as it careened through the atmosphere?
It wasn’t that very long ago that we witnessed a multi meteor strike in Russia. Remember that?
I used to like to visit Big Well in Greensburg, KS before Greensburg was mowed over by the big tornado. At Big Well, they had a gift shop which also contained a meteor...a good sized one. It was roughly 2 feet x 2 feet and weighed upwards of 2k lbs. Small, but heavy due to the iron it was made of.
In the early 2000’s, a large meteor, the size of a small bus, fell in the Yukon, It didn’t destroy any dinosaurs! At the time it fell, scientists were quite surprised that it wasn’t a global life destroying event.
It may be a ‘small world’, but it’s a BIG earth which is designed to tolerate quite a bit more than scientists care to imagine.
That was my first thought. Of course, Shoemaker-Levy was a comet and those tend to break up when they enter the inner solar system.
The meteor in the article very likely broke up when it hit Earth’s atmosphere. Most of the pieces would then burn up in the atmosphere. The pieces that hit were the ones that were big enough to make it to the ground.
No surprise, considering a "day" on Jupiter is about 10 hours.
4 seconds. Darn!
“Same meteor it just broke apart right before impact.”
That is the most likely scenario.
Musta been Asteroid on steroid.
There, problem solved.
Now back to globulshhhhh.....
Well, geologically speaking, the Roman Empire and the Soviet Union are co-existent......................
Believe it or not, crater chains occurring on Earth are “controversial” in the science field.
We see them on the moon, on the moons of Jupiter, moons of Saturn, and on Mercury.
But for some reason on Earth, scientists have this “it hasn’t happened here” attitude.
So to date two craters to the same time, the science community will spend the next several years frothing over it and trying to discredit the ones reporting it.
Heck, there’s a buried chain of craters in the US called the 38th parallel structures.
Science is still “skeptical” about their origins.
That's what my proctologist said..................
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