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Chicxulub : the impact and tsunami : the story of the largest known asteroid to hit the Earth

Author: David H Shonting; Cathy Ezrailson
Publisher: [Cham, Switzerland] : Springer Nature, [2017]
Series: Springer Praxis books.
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This book tells the story of the catastrophic impact of the giant 10 Km asteroid Chicxulub into the ancient Gulf of Mexico 65.5 million years ago. The aftermath of the Chicxulub's event initiated  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David H Shonting; Cathy Ezrailson
ISBN: 9783319394855 3319394851 9783319394879 3319394878
OCLC Number: 960056172
Description: xxiv, 124 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Prologue: The arrival --
1. The orbiting objects --
The asteroids --
Asteroid impacts: it's all about kinetic energy --
On kinetic impacts --
The Barringer Impact Crater --
The Tunguska Explosion --
On the probabilities of asteroid-Earth collisions --
Other objects of concern --
References --
2. The tale of Chicxulub --
The Alvarez discovery: the origin of the K-Pg Boundary --
On the size of the asteroid --
Conclusions of the Alvarez study --
Found: a crater --
Found: tektites in Haiti --
A fortuitous geology conference --
Geophysical gravity and seismic data --
Bore hole and crater stratigraphy: Evidence of ejecta in the K-Pg Boundary ; Arroyal Membral, Northeast Mexico ; Brazos River, Texas ; Dogie Creek, Wyoming --
A typical deep ocean core through the K-Pg Boundary: Other attributes of the crater target zone ; The impact effects of a deeper gulf ; Effects of high sulfates in deep target rocks ; Reaffirming the effects of the "Alvarez Asteroid" ; Chicxulub's single event-caused extinction: the deniers --
References --
3. A scenario for the Chicxulub impact and energies --
The Ancient Gulf of Mexico: a little history --
Chicxulub's atmospheric entry: the sonic boom --
Impact and explosion --
The seismic waves --
Explosion, ejecta and fall-out --
An undersea nuclear explosion as an analogy of Chicxulub --
The Chicxulub crater formation: a model --
The great explosion cavity --
Today's crater --
On impact and volcanic craters --
References --
4. The Chicxulub tsunami --
Tsunami generation: the three modes --
A primer on tsunamis: wave basics --
Refraction: navigator of tsunamis --
Tsunamis waves coming ashore: run-up --
The Cortes Bank --
The Indonesian Earthquake tsunami: 2004 --
The tsunami at Unimac Island, Aleutians --
The Great East Japan Earthquake tsunami: 2011 --
The La Palma Volcano Collapse tsunami: a model --
The 1950DA Ocean Impact tsunami: a model --
The Chicxulub Impact tsunami --
The Chicxulub tsunami's "Edgerton Effect" --
Chicxulub's spreading waves and their global reach --
References --
5. Long term global effects --
Oceanographic chaos: creation of the hot toxic sea --
Ocean stability effects --
The long dark "Nuclear" Winter --
The long dark "Greenhouse" Summer --
Damage to the biosphere --
References --
Epilogue: Possible Chicxulub effects on the path of human evolution --
Additional resources.
Series Title: Springer Praxis books.
Other Titles: Largest known asteroid to hit the Earth
Responsibility: David Shonting, Cathy Ezrailson.
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