The impact of meteorites on the earth that eventually wiped out the dinosaurs is well known. But new research from the London Institute of Technology suggests that the Angle at which the meteorite hit the earth was also responsible for 75% of the extinctions, and that more species might have survived beyond 45 to 60 degrees.
Dinosaurs dominated the earth for 140 million years, until 66 million B.C., when a meteorite called Chicxulub crashed into the Earth and slammed into the Gulf of Mexico, triggering an instantaneous burst of energy and impact. In a very short time, the Cretaceous-Third dinosaur mass extinction wiped out 75 percent of species.
According to reports, the Chicxulub Crater, which remains in what is now the Gulf of Mexico, has been a major site of ongoing scientific research for many years. Professor GarethCollins, of Imperial College London, found that the Angle of impact was crucial to the extinction of the dinosaurs, and the geology of the Gulf of Mexico limestone, and the Angle of impact perfectly expanded the annihilation.
Not only did the 12-kilometer-diameter meteorite hit in time, but it also melted Mexico’s limestone layers, causing the sulphide rich in them to shoot high into the clouds and block out the sun, creating a frigid climate. Prof Collins said an impact Angle of 45 to 60 degrees would have vaporised the debris sharply, triggering a burst of meltwater, and other impact angles, or meteorites falling in the Pacific or Atlantic, would have allowed sunlight to reach the earth’s surface without being obstructed by the maximum area.