christopher heiser <christopher AT heiser DOT net>
Date Published: June 12th, 2006
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More On Massive Impacts

Here's a video shown on Japanese television that simulates a meteor of over 200 miles in diameter impacting the earth at about 44,000 miles per hour:

It destroys all life on the planet, covering the earth in a 'rock steam' that raises the temperature of the surface to 4000 degrees celcius. The oceans boil off completely in a month, leaving the surface bare. The impact crater is thousands of miles wide.

By comparison, the Chixilub (dinosaur-killer) object was about six miles wide. The P-T object was probably about 30 miles across. The latter killed more than 90% of everything on the planet.

On a somewhat related note, I find it fascinating that the cataclysmic destruction of Japan is a subject that occurrs at an unusually high frequency in Japanese programs, especially animated material. My feeling has always been that it's a subcurrent of post-Hiroshima feelings that drive this, but perhaps it's something deeper from a cultural sense.

by Christopher Heiser on June 12 09:24
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