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A recently-released study shows that the asteroid that took out the dinosaurs, are too acidic the earth’s oceans.
The study is looking at newly-discovered evidence of fossilized algae from millions of years ago, known as foraminifera. The experts have analyzed the chemical element boron is found in detail, on how a devastating asteroid impact, in the hope that it will be for the rest of the discussion is that other natural disasters such as a massive volcano eruption that led to the demise of the dinosaurs.
The increase in the acidity of the ocean, an event that would take millions of years for the oceans, and the planet will recover, it was devastating, experts said. “Our data suggest that it has an impact, not volcanic activity, was the key to the control of the end-Cretaceous mass extinction,” the study abstract states.
An analysis of microscopic carbon-absorbing plankton, called foraminifera, found the evidence of the instant, causes an acidification of the oceans. (Credit: SWNS)
MINUTE-BY-MINUTE-TO-MINUTE ACCOUNTS OF THE NATURAL DISASTER THAT WIPED OUT THE DINOSAURS, DESTROYED THE EARTH
“Prior to the impact of the event, we were not able to detect an increase in acidity of the oceans,” said the study’s lead author, Michael Henehan, in a statement.
As the scientists watched, the clay samples collected from an underground cave system in the Netherlands, for their research, in a cave, which is “a thick layer of clay in the immediate aftermath of the impact,” Henehan said, adding it’s “really rare.”
The picture below shows, the Cretaceous-Palaeogene boundary in the Geulhemmerberg, the Netherlands, where the limit of the clay samples were taken. In the event the bed is clearly visible as a gray, clay-rich layer in between the yellowish-white carbonate sediment. It was thought to have been laid down during the quiet periods in between strong storms. (Credit: Michael Henehan)
The newly discovered findings similar to the one of the most definitive evidence is found, which has led to the extinction of the dinosaurs, and how quickly it has occurred, such as the sulfur gas is tapped in the atmosphere, and, ultimately, the cause of acid rain.
“Our data speak for a gradual deterioration of environmental conditions are likely to be 66 million years ago,” Henehan added.
The finding is the first direct link between the dinosaur extinction and a sharp increase in the pH of the oceans, Henehan to continue.
“For years, people have suggested there should have been a decrease in the pH because of the meteor impact to hit sulfur-rich rocks, and is the source of the rains of sulfuric acid, but up to now no direct evidence to show that this is what happened.”
A model of a Tyrannosaurus rex at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque, N. M. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
A HUGE, ANCIENT, FLYING REPTILE WAS THE ‘GREAT ATTACK’, WHICH IS FORMED BY A TOOTHY CAGE,
The study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The asteroid, which the Earth is made of the Peninsula of Yucatan, in Mexico, and is now known as the Chicxulub crater, was wiped out almost 75% of all species on the planet.
In a separate study, which was published in January, another theory is that the impact of the space rock was a worldwide tsunami that is more than 5,000 feet up in the air.
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