Scientists have declared the worst day on Earth for 66 million years. The statement came from researchers investigating rocks 130 meters deep in the Gulf of Mexico, the BBC reports.
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The rocks, which researchers found 130 meters below the Gulf of Mexico, are sediments formed a few hours after the planet was hit with a huge asteroid, which killed the dinosaurs.
The cause of this disaster was discovered thanks to British and US scientists in 2016. The 200-kilometer-wide crater is located below the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula.
During the expedition, a team of scientists removed the nucleus from the underwater world, which essentially documents what geologists call Cenozoic, or the mammalian era.
The rock, which was in the depths of the water, is fragmented, but its contents are completely intact, say scientists. They emphasize that the rock is the result of strong impact, pressure, heat, and water, which is dominated by glassy contents. The structure of the rock is similar to rocks formed when volcanic lava interacts with seawater.
An impact from an asteroid supposedly caused a giant wave pulse that washed away the seawater hundreds of kilometers away. The water continued to flow and fill the crater.
Scientists say the impact also caused a huge wave impulse that caused the tsunami.
“Yes, it could all have happened in one day,” says a professor at the University of Texas at Austin. A tsunami was moving at the speed of the reactive jet.
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Surprisingly, when exploring 130 meters, sulfur is nowhere to be seen. This is very strange because the asteroid would have filled the entire seabed with sulfur. Most likely, it has evaporated, and if so, so much sulfur mixed with water would evaporate rapidly to cool the climate and under these conditions, living creatures would not be able to live. Researchers emphasize that this information also indicates the death of dinosaurs.