Do you remember the little story you were told back when you were a little person, you know, about that big rock that made your favorite dinosaurs disappear? Yes that meteor was in fact a true story of how the those jaw-dropping dinosaurs went extinct. Not only did the dinosaurs go away, in fact it was a mass extinction that rid of many other species. This big rock was known as the “Chicxulub Crater”. The reason it was named that is because it landed to the nearest town in Mexico. Scientists still want to examine this huge impact in the earth also known as one of “Earth’s darkest times” which was when the dinosaurs went extinct as well as other organisms.
The Chicxulub Crater’s area is 9,826 mi² and is underwater so it is not visible on the earth’s surface. To be more specific the asteroid is around 40 miles in diameter and about 110 miles across. The depth of the crater is approximately 12 miles deep and scientists want to continue digging. Interesting fact, every foot of dirt they dig up is around a thousand years of life on earth being dug up. Speaking of years, the asteroid hit the earth about 65 million years ago. The Crater bit in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The Crater was first discovered back in 1978 since then scientists have put effort into research so they can see what the cause of the Crater’s impact was.
The crater that was coming in hot was coming at speeds of 40,000 miles an hour. The National Geographic stated that “the asteroid slams into Earth with an explosive yield estimated at over 100 trillion tons of TNT.” None of today’s explosives, maybe even combined can match the power and force of this asteroid’s capability. Take a moment to think about it, this crater killed an entire species of dinosaurs which therefore revived another name known as “Dino Killer” which implies that it killed the species of dinosaurs yet we haven’t even had any research that is anywhere near to the explosive power that this asteroid had. It’s easy to say that all the TNT is pretty big but if a little TNT can do pretty huge damage to be inside of a missile then imagine how the trillions of TNT affected those dinosaurs. They were alive one moment then the next second, they’re gone.
A response for this can be difficult but also can be more or so hopeful because if the scientists put enough time and effort into researching what caused the asteroid to hit earth and exterminate the dinosaur species off the planet. Scientists are now still studying and digging deeper to find out many other aspects of the causes that made the crater hurtle to earth’s surface. We should have the knowledge to prevent or at least be warned if this asteroid will hit the earth anytime in the future. It’s not a fact but it can be a huge hazard if we don’t at least have the knowledge of this damage that the asteroid caused. If the crater came around once, then what’s stopping it or another one from coming back for round two. If the huge, viscous and amazing dinosaurs from the past, now humans won’t even stand a chance of survival if those enormous creatures didn’t survive.
The advantage of having this valuable knowledge is great because we can prepare for an Incident that may or may not occur but can still be used in case of any other sort of threat. The crater must be filled with lots of knowledge to take in and examine due to it being many years old and have old mineral-rich substances in the impact. The debris from the impact may have affected the surroundings by some other way shit as it being more vulnerable to earthquakes, floods etc. There is so much about this world that we do not know of and this is one from the past, from 65 million years ago that we are still trying to study and comprehend till this day.