Chesapeake Invader

Chesapeake Invader

Discovering America's Giant Meteorite Crater

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Geological Survey, explains when and why the catastrophe occurred, what destruction it caused, how scientists unearthed evidence of the impact, and how the meteorite's effects are felt even today."--Jacket.
"Thirty-five million years ago, a meteorite three miles wide and moving sixty times faster than a bullet slammed into the seabed near what is now Chesapeake Bay. The impact, more powerful than the combined explosion of every nuclear bomb on Earth, blasted out a crater fifty miles wide and one mile deep. Shock waves radiated through the Earth for thousands of miles, shaking the foundations of the Appalachians, as gigantic waves and winds of white-hot debris transformed the eastern seaboard into a lifeless wasteland. Chesapeake Invader is the story of this cataclysm, told by the man who discovered it happened. Wylie Poag, a senior scientist with the U.S.
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press,
ISBN: 9780691009193
Branch Call Number: 551.397 Po
Description: xii, 183 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm


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Waiting for a giant meteorite to hit the Earth? Already happened. 35 million years ago. The consequences were devastating.

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