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The end of the dinosaurs : Chicxulub crater and mass extinctions

Author: Charles Frankel
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Scientists uncover physical evidence in a comprehensive look at how the Chicxulub Crater may have been ground zero for an asteroid that put an end to great creatures that once roamed the Earth. The discovery of the giant Chicxulub impact crater, buried off the coast of Mexico, unveiled the solution to one of Earth's greatest mysteries-what killed the dinosaurs. Scientists uncovered physical evidence to explain the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Frankel
ISBN: 0521474477 9780521474474
OCLC Number: 40298401
Description: xii, 223 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The great mass extinctions --
The impact hypothesis --
The controversy --
In search of the crater --
The discovery of Chicxulub crater --
Scenario of a catastrophe --
Impacts and other extinctions --
The impact hazard.
Other Titles: Mort des dinosaures.
Chicxulub crater and mass extinctions
Responsibility: Charles Frankel.

Abstract:

Scientists uncover physical evidence in a comprehensive look at how the Chicxulub Crater may have been ground zero for an asteroid that put an end to great creatures that once roamed the Earth. The discovery of the giant Chicxulub impact crater, buried off the coast of Mexico, unveiled the solution to one of Earth's greatest mysteries-what killed the dinosaurs. Scientists uncovered physical evidence to explain the mass extinction that rocked the earth 65 million years ago. Step-by-step, The end of the dinosaurs: Chicxulub Crater and mass extinctions tells this great scientific detective story. Charles Frankel recounts the birth of the cosmic hypothesis, which holds that the crash of a meteor on the earth's surface killed two-thirds of life and all the dinosaurs. He first provides a dramatic account of the impact and its aftermath. Frankel then goes on to detail the controversy that preceded the acceptance of the cosmic hypothesis, the search for the crater, its discovery and ongoing exploration, and the effect of the giant impact on the biosphere. In addition, he reviews other mass extinctions in the fossil record and the threat of asteroids and comets to our planet today. More than 70 photographs and diagrams enhance and help illustrate the material. Filled with drama and interesting science, The end of the dinosaurs will readily appeal to both the general reader fascinated with the subject and the specialist always searching for more clues to this great mystery.
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