Hemos from the someone-get-ben-affleck-and-bruce-willis-STAT dept.
avtchillsboro writes "A NY Times article says that scientists have discovered evidence a massive impact crater 18 miles in diameter and 12,500 feet under the Indian Ocean. The evidence, they say, consists of four massive chevron-shaped sediment deposits on the island of Madagascar. 'Each covers twice the area of Manhattan with sediment as deep as the Chrysler Building is high. On close inspection, the chevron deposits contain deep ocean microfossils that are fused with a medley of metals typically formed by cosmic impacts. And all of them point in the same direction — toward the middle of the Indian Ocean where a newly discovered crater, 18 miles in diameter, lies 12,500 feet below the surface.' Interestingly, the scientists say that the currently accepted notion that there have been no major impacts in the last 10,000 years is wrong; and that major impacts occur on average every 1,000 years, rather than the currently accepted 500,000 to 1,000,000 year interval. '(T)he self-described "band of misfits" that make up the two-year-old Holocene Impact Working Group say that astronomers simply have not known how or where to look for evidence of such impacts along the world's shorelines and in the deep ocean.'"
The tree of research must from time to time be refreshed with the blood
of bean counters.
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