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May 19, 2015
Chicxulub and the deccan eruptions: Just a coincidence?
Boulder CO (SPX) May 05, 2015
In a new paper published online by GSA Bulletin on 30 April, researchers Mark Richards and colleagues address the "uncomfortably close" occurrence of the Chicxulub impact in the Yucatan and the most voluminous phase of the Deccan Traps flood basalt eruptions in India. Specifically, the researchers argue that the impact likely triggered most of the immense eruptions of lava in India - that indeed, this was not a coincidence, but a cause-and-effect relationship. Knowledge and study of the Decc ... read more

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What happens underground when a missile or meteor hits
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NASA data reveals mysteries of meteor that struck Chelyabinsk
New data from NASA has revealed some information about the meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013. ... more
Second natural quasicrystal found in ancient meteorite
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NASA photographs fireball streaking across Pennsylvania skies
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Two Years On, Source of Russian Chelyabinsk Meteor Remains Elusive
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Doubt cast on global firestorm generated by dino-killing asteroid
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Alamo Impact Crater: New Study Could Double Its Size
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Messages from space -- hidden magnetic messages uncovered
Geologists from the University of Cambridge uncover hidden magnetic messages from the early solar system in meteorites measured at BESSY II. A team of scientists led by Dr. Richard Harrison from the ... more
Scientists say a meteorite could be responsible for Antarctic crater
Researchers in Antarctica have discovered what they believe is the remnants of a meteorite impact site. ... more
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    Rock soil droplets formed by heating most likely came from Stone Age house fires and not from a disastrous cosmic impact 12,900 years ago, according to new research from the University of California ... more
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