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Meteorite impact : the danger from space and South Africa's mega-impact

Author: W U Reimold; Roger L Gibson
Publisher: Berlin ; London : Springer, 2010.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats
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The impact of large extraterrestrial bodies (asteroids and comets) with Earth is an ever-present danger that humanity has only recently begun to recognise. Of the 175 impact craters found thus far on Earth, three giants stand out - Chicxulub in Mexico, Sudbury in Canada, and the Vredefort Impact Structure in South Africa. Each of these impact events catastrophically altered the global environment and was strong  Read more...
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Reimold, W.U.
Meteorite impact.
Berlin ; London : Springer, 2010
(OCoLC)632088059
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: W U Reimold; Roger L Gibson
ISBN: 9783642104640 3642104649
OCLC Number: 663093944
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Foreword; Part I; Chapter 1: The early history of Earth; Chapter 2: Chaos and catastrophe; Chapter 3: The impact heritage of southern Africa; Chapter 4: Vredefort: the largest and oldest impact structure in the World; Chapter 5: The recent history of the Vredefort Dome area; Chapter 6: Frequently asked questions; Chapter 7: What does the future hold for humankind?; Chapter 8: Tourism in the Vredefort Dome; Part II; Tour guide through the Vredefort Dome; Stops 1-9: the core of the vredefort dome; Stops 10-22: The collar rocks of the vredefprt dome; Acknowledgements; Bibliography.
Responsibility: by Uwe W. Reimold, Roger L. Gibson.

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The impact of large extraterrestrial bodies (asteroids and comets) with Earth is an ever-present danger that humanity has only recently begun to recognise. Of the 175 impact craters found thus far on Earth, three giants stand out - Chicxulub in Mexico, Sudbury in Canada, and the Vredefort Impact Structure in South Africa. Each of these impact events catastrophically altered the global environment and was strong enough to drastically change life on our planet. The Vredefort Structure is the oldest and largest of these three giants and at about 300 km diameter it is nearly twice the size of the.

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