Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Doomsday 65 Million B.C.

It was a warm, typical tropical day in the Yucatan Peninsula. Giant ferns and palm fronds swayed gently with the ocean breeze. Waves lapped lazily against the beach and wildlife was going about their daily business of finding food, or being food.

Suddenly, all eyes looked to the heavens to catch a horrifying glimpse of a blazing fireball, blotting out the sun and streaking down toward the ocean. An instant later, a white hot flash of superheated gasses scoured the Earth with temperatures near the heat of the sun in every direction for over 200 miles.

A Tsunami wave over 100 feet high thundered over the land wiping away all traces of life and transformed the landscape into a featureless mud zone miles across the Yucatan peninsula and inland into mainland Mexico.

A gigantic mushroom cloud of ejected debris and ash formed overhead and spread across the globe obscuring the sun and within weeks it had eradicated life giving photosynthesis everywhere.

Temperatures dropped to freezing, plant life withered worldwide. Even plankton in the oceans died. The basic building blocks of the food chain on Earth were destroyed. Doomsday 65 million B.C. had begun.

Today, archaeologists have plotted this event using the K-T boundary, a persistent worldwide chalk like layer of sedimentary material, that circles the Earth like a ribbon, running through rock striations at a specific depth on every continent.

This is the historical remnant of billions of tons of material ejected thousands of feet into the atmosphere, eventually settling back to Earth, smothering what might have survived the loss of sunlight and freezing temperatures, like blanket.

It is predicted that once every 100 million years, our planet may again find itself in the path of a killer meteorite such as the one that created the Chicxulub crater offshore of the Yucatan Peninsula over 65 million years ago. There are other such impact sites elsewhere across the globe. There will be more in the future.

Earth does not guarantee life. But it does manage to replant itself again, despite the worst catastrophes in history. If doomsday repeats itself in 2012, which is unlikely by virtue of a specific date alone, we will surely arise again.

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