Ancient Crash, Epic Wave

Posted on November 15, 2006  Comments (0)

Ancient Crash, Epic Wave:

The explanation is obvious to some scientists. A large asteroid or comet, the kind that could kill a quarter of the world”™s population, smashed into the Indian Ocean 4,800 years ago, producing a tsunami at least 600 feet high, about 13 times as big as the one that inundated Indonesia nearly two years ago. The wave carried the huge deposits of sediment to land.

Most astronomers doubt that any large comets or asteroids have crashed into the Earth in the last 10,000 years. But the self-described “band of misfits” that make up the two-year-old Holocene Impact Working Group say that astronomers simply have not known how or where to look for evidence of such impacts along the world”™s shorelines and in the deep ocean.

Of course, extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, Dr. Masse said, “and we”™re not there yet.”

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