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Asteroid impact. Computer artwork of a massive explosion due to a large asteroid or comet hitting the Earth. The high speed of impact vaporises rock and water at the point of impact. Asteroid impacts with the Earth are rare, but it is thought that a large asteroid impact caused the mass loss of life some 65 million years ago that included the extinction of the dinosaurs. The impact would throw large amounts of dust or water vapour into the atmosphere, lowering global temperatures. Plant life and then animal life would begin to die off.
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