Artwork showing Chicxulub impact crater, Yucatan

Artwork showing Chicxulub impact crater, Yucatan

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Caption: Chicxulub crater. Artwork showing the size and location of the Chicxulub impact crater, Mexico. The impact 65 million years ago may have helped to cause the extinction of the dinosaurs. The map covers the Gulf of Mexico, with the USA in orange and Mexico in blue and green (left and bottom). The crater is at the top of the Yucatan Peninsula and is about 180km across according to research published in 1995. Its extent is defined here by the first yellow ring around the central white spot. The other yellow rings symbolise the spreading effects of the impact, which threw trillions of tons of dust into the atmosphere and may have altered the climate.

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