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Chicxulub Crater, Dinosaur Extinction

Chicxulub Crater, Dinosaur Extinction

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SPENCER SUTTON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SPENCER SUTTON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Chicxulub crater. An asteroid impact at Chicxulub on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, may have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs and 70% of all Earth's species 65 million years ago. The impact was caused by an asteroid or comet core which is thought to have been 10-20 km across. The impact created a 180-km wide crater and threw trillions of tonnes of dust into the atmosphere. This may have blocked the Sun's light and caused global climate changes.

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