In the Arctic, found a crater that killed the dinosaurs

29.07.2012

 

Scientists have shown that a 25-kilometer crater found on Victoria Island (Canadian Arctic Archipelago), was formed by a meteor shower, had destroyed the dinosaurs.
 

Scientists from the University of Saskatchewan (Canada) noted crater, flying over the island by helicopter about two years ago.

"To find the surface of the land unknown to science crater of this size was highly unexpected. We made a map of the area, doing the job the Canadian Agency for Natural Resources — it was one of the last" corners "of the Canadian Arctic, for which there was a really detailed map" — said one of the authors of the opening, an employee of the University of Saskatchewan Brian Pratt.

 

Collected over the next two years, the data confirmed the hypothesis about the origin of the detected cosmic forms of relief. The age of the crater, which scientists named in honor of Prince Albert, is from 130 to 350 million years old. Scientists believe that this is a consequence of the fall of one of the meteorites that have changed the climate of the planet and killed the dinosaurs.

This size is difficult to determine, because for millions of years, erosion could distort this form of relief. According to the calculations, the crater formed a fallen meteorite with a diameter of about 5 km.

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