Artwork showing Chicxulub impact crater, Yucatan

Artwork showing Chicxulub impact crater, Yucatan

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This image is part of the feature Asteroid/comet Earth Impact

Credit: D. VAN RAVENSWAAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Chicxulub crater. Artwork showing the location of the Chicxulub impact crater (centre) on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. This impact may have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs and 70% of all Earth's species 65 million years ago. The 5 red dots represent the cities of (from left to right): Mexico City, Tempico (where material ejec- ted from the crater has been found), Guatemala City, Havanna and Miami. The crater is about 180 kilometres (km) wide and was caused by an asteroid or comet core which was 10-20 km across. The impact threw trillions of tonnes of dust into the atmosphere which may have blocked the Sun's light and caused global climate changes.

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Keywords: artwork, chicxulub, chicxulub crater, crater, cretaceous palaeogene, cretaceous paleogene, dinosaur extinction, environment, geography, impact, impact crater, k/pg, k/t impact crater, kt extinction event, location map, map, meteorite craters, yucatan

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