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Big Bang in Antarctica

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This beautiful picture comes from a story that came out in June 2006, but which I only just happened to stumble upon. Planetary scientists suggest that a 300 mile crater lying beneath the surface of Antarctica could very well date back to the the time of the Permian-Triassic extinction.

The Wilkes Land crater is more than twice the size of the Chicxulub crater in the Yucatan peninsula, which marks the impact that may have ultimately killed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

The Wilkes Land crater could well also have been responsible for the break up of Gondwana, the super continent that existed millions and millions of years ago before Australia and others seperated from it.

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Posted by Tim Fright on October 24, 2007 2:51 PM