I was expecting something about the flat shape and how it might have skipped over the atmosphere and/or induced a lot of drag.
I did search a bit but didn't find an article that had both a plausible explanation and some credible source.
i don't buy it.
why couldnt it be part of a bigger impactor, so if it was just a shard that broke off after impact and flew mostly horizontally before settling?
maybe it struck the top of a thick glacier that has since melted?
maybe there were 200m of water in that location then?
terminal velocity for a meteor is 200-400mph. 66 tons at that speed would at minimum leave it nowhere near the surface.
I agree, there could be any number of explanations. I haven't seen many meteoroids but the rectangular shape appears peculiarly unnatural, more like a fragment of a shell.
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A compass needle is easily moveable by hand. Even Lenz effect forces (when only driven by magnets) are weaker than the attraction forces of the same magnet (depending on the speed, of course) though going east->west the flux doesn't change much.
So my conclusion is that, even though it might have had a small effect on it, absolutely not enough to make it change velocity significantly.
Hmm. The only one? I don't think so.
iron meteorites are the only pieces
of iron on the Earth not made by men
The USA has a very large iron meteorite on display. It was "stolen" from native peoples in Oregon and eventually "stolen" again by New Yorkers and put on display.
Despite my use of "stolen", I think NYC is a great place for something like that. As a child I saw this meteorite in the American Museum of Natural History.
Museums are great places. At least 1000x as many people have seen the Willamette Meteorite than have seen the Hoba meteorite.
The Hoba is ~ 84% iron. The Meteoritical Society records over 1200 'Iron meteorites' (FeNi-alloys) https://www.lpi.usra.edu/meteor/metbull.php?sea=&sfor=names&...
Hoba's type is Iron, IVB. It's by far the largest -of that type-.
The Cape York (from Greenland, Melville Bay) is type IIIb. (Both octahedrites.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_York_meteorite
It's total weight (at least 8 large pieces) is comparable, and its story is much more interesting ... the Inuits used it to make iron-tipped weapons, which caught the explorers' eyes. http://evols.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/bitstream/handle/10524...
Now think about the equivalent meteorite falling today: what substance could it be comprised of that we haven't synthesized or seen yet? Maybe an exotic isotope of an otherwise common element which demonstrates some exotic properties. Superconducting at room temperature maybe.
Amazing to think about what asteroids could be out there headed our way (and not big enough to destroy everything).
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People talk about populating mars as insurance against a devastating meteor attack wiping out the population.
Wouldn’t it also work to create a large shock-absorbing facility on earth? If a meteorite is headed toward earth, you could simply enter the shelter, wait for it to hit, and then come back out.
Of course then you’re dealing with interrupted ecosystems, but it’s hard for me to believe that they would be worse than Mars.
P.s. I know populating Mars is considered diversification for other reasons, but a mass extinction is certainly a reason given.
Yeah, sure. would be possible. Simple physics.
The crater Chicxulub absorbed more Energy than a billion times the energy of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. So you basically would just need a hell of an airbag. Hey, if you do it right and you can harvest the energy then you can run the world electricity supply on it for a few years.
That lasted for hours, bathing the surface in intense infrared radiation. It was on the surface like being in an oven with the broiler on. Animals and plants not underground, underwater, or well sheltered such as in caves were killed either by heating from the infrared radiation, or by not being able to cope with breathing an atmosphere that was now something like 200 C.
If we arranged for all humans to be sheltered during such an event so we don't get wiped out during the worldwide broiling, we'd have lost pretty much all of our food chain except maybe seafood.
So lets assume we also make sure to shelter plants and animals, so that when we can come out of the shelter we can start replanting and start breeding food animals.
The climate would be wonky for a long time. That's one of the things that doomed many species that were not killed during the broiling phase after the Yucatan Peninsula strike. The climate where they live changed to something they could not cope with.
Humans could deal with that better. After we get out of the shelters and want to replant food crops, we would not be constrained to just planting them where they had been before the impact. We can examine the whole world and plant our recovery crops where they have the best chance of surviving. Same with breeding recovery animals.
This would require a level of cooperation that I doubt current governments can achieve peacefully. I'd expect several wars would be involved in settling the resource allocation issues.
My guess is that far future galactic anthropologists will discover that when civilizations that have reached a technology level that allows them to see a big strike coming far enough ahead to prepare for it, but have not reached a level where they can stop it get hit, their survival chances go way up if either
(1) they have a strong planet-wide government, or
(2) they have a strong sense of being one people, without dividing themselves by race, religion, politics, or region (they may have different races, religions, and so on but treat differences in them the way we treat differences in, say, what kinds of food you like or what genres of movies you like).
Both of those help enable the kind of cooperation needed to recover.
Such a colony would provide practice at designing biospheres, and could be pretty robust against space hazards, with much shorter round trip times while testing it, if we're really convinced we need a lifeboat for Earth using existing tech.
(Though I suspect we partly want to colonize Mars because space is cool, which is fine too.)
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