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Tuesday, 13 October 2009

North America comet theory questioned was “Dryas all wet”

North America comet theory questioned was “Dryas all wet”

Paul bristolia at
Tue Oct 13 08:35:18 EDT 2009

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Darren Garrison wrote:

North America comet theory questioned”

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The full reference to the article at the above URL is:

North America comet theory questioned. No evidence of an extraterrestrial
impact 13,000 years ago, studies say by Rex Dalton, Nature News, Published
online October 12, 2009, doi:10.1038/news.2009.997

The paper is:

Surovell, T. A., V. T. Holliday, J. A. M. Gingerich, C. Ketron, C. Vance
Haynes, Jr., I. Hilman, D. P. Wagner, E. Johnson, and P. Claeyse. 2009,
An independent evaluation of the Younger Dryas extraterrestrial impact
hypothesis. Published online before print October 12, 2009,
doi: 10.1073/pnas.0907857106,

This reminds me of the claims made by a group of researchers, which
included Luann Becker, for indicators of an extraterrestrial impact
at the Permian - Triassic and the Bedout High structure being the
impact crater. Papers were published arguing that evidence of
extraterrestrial impact, including fullerenes containing extraterrestrial
3He, are found at the Permian - Triassic boundary. Later researchers,
who restudied various Permian - Triassic boundary outcrops, including
the ones studied by Becker, and were unable to replicate their findings.
The evidence used to argue for Bedout High being an impact structure
either could not be replicate or turned out to be open to alternative
interpretations. Finally, there is a considerable amount of controversy
whether many of the fullerenes found in sediments are even of
extraterrestrial origin.

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