Did A Giant Asteroid Impact Make Earth’s Rock Crust Splash Like Water?

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By Mary Beth Griggs

Over 65 million years ago, when a 6-mile wide asteroid slammed into the earth with the force of a billion atomic bombs, it left a crater 110 miles wide.

The Chicxulub crater, just off the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, is best known for being the landing site of the massive asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs. But it is also one of the larger and better preserved impact craters on earth.

Next year, geologists plan to drill into the crater just off the coast, and get a better look at how the crater actually formed right after the giant impact.

Right now the thinking for how an asteroid…

Original Article: Did A Giant Asteroid Impact Make Earth’s Rock Crust Splash Like Water?