Hundred Million year old Huge Impact crated discovered in Australia, that measures more than two football fields. The crater, which is about three miles across, was discovered close to the Australian town of Ora Banda. It has been estimated that the impact occurred between 250 million and 40 million years ago, said researchers. The same time that dinosaurs would have been living on Earth.
Size of the impact zone, the meteorite that hit the spot would have been as big as 200 meters in width (656 feet) – longer than two football fields. As a matter of fact, when the dinosaur-killing asteroid hit the planet, it had the same amount of force as 100 million megatons of TNT which is about two million times more powerful than the world’s strongest man-made bomb. The impact caused earthquakes and volcanic eruptions across the planet which resulted with mega-tsunamis that reached heights of thousands of meters.
A geophysicist named Jayson Meyers was called to the location in Ora Banda after geologists at a gold mining company in Australia called Evolution Mining found some odd rock cores.Rocks are broken into shatter cone shapes from the large shock waves – similar to when rocks leave marks on the windshield of a car. He found a pucker in the middle of the crater which was where shattered rocks appeared back on the surface following the meteor striking the area. It is also where the geologists located the shatter cones.
Scientists from Curtin University in Perth are currently analyzing the site in order to find out if the minerals would have been vaporized prior to re-crystallizing from the extreme pressure of the impact.