Some day in ancient times a series of natural disasters like tsunamis, giant Sulfur clouds, had almost destroyed mother Earth. Yes, new research claims that an asteroid wiped out dinosaurs from Earth. Scientists from the University of Texas at Austin have carried out the study, which they have published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Besides, Sean Gulick from the University of Texas has led the project as a co-chief. Two organizations, IODP (International Ocean Discovery) and ICDP (International Continental Scientific Drilling Program), have sponsored the $10 million project.
By drilling into the seabed off Mexico, researchers have retrieved a unique geologic record. Scientists say they have found samples which talks about the dinosaur-killing impact incident. In other words, new samples gathered from the rock inside the underwater crater left by an impact have verified researchers’ theory about the ancient event. At the time, the damaging impact had wiped out 75% of the entire life on Earth. As per scientists, the asteroid collision had hit the planet with force similar to that of 10 billion nuclear bombs. While mining, they have discovered charcoal and soil. Scientists surmise the material would have swept inside as a result of a tsunami which took place after the asteroid collision. Their study also reveals how the tree and plants, present far away from the impact zone, could have caught fire.
But scientists have not found traces of sulfur at the center of the impact crater. It also means that more than 300 billion tons of sulfur emitted into the atmosphere on that day. In the end, the explosion resulted in the destruction of Earth’s existing surroundings along with an ice age worldwide. As a result, the impact eventually led to the mass extinction of the dinosaurs. For now, the research is just a piece about once the core of the impact crater. More research will assist scientists to portray a better image of the event that wiped out the majority of life on our planet.