Team of Scientists Affirm Giant Asteroid Theory . . . Despite Alleged Miscalculation of 64,994,999 Years

A leading group of scientists have concluded that a single giant asteroid killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago — finding overwhelming evidence to support the theory over alternative theories such as a massive earthquake or multiple asteroids. The team, however, failed to include a single creationist who could point out that, since the Earth is only 5000 years old, leading scientists like Sarah Palin have found that they are 64,994,999 years off.

The asteroid impacted about 6 miles in diameter slammed into the Gulf of Mexico and, according to the team, was “more powerful than all the atomic weapons on the planet going off all at once” — the equivalent to 100 million tons of TNT. It produced an impact crater that was 24 miles deep and 125 miles wide in Chicxulub, Mexico, on the Yucatan Peninsula.

The crater contains rock with concentrations of iridium and platinum, which are characteristic of the chemical fingerprints of the asteroid. The impact also is believed to have triggered a massive fireball and a massive earthquake.

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39 thoughts on “Team of Scientists Affirm Giant Asteroid Theory . . . Despite Alleged Miscalculation of 64,994,999 Years”

  1. Steve von Maas,

    I hope you wont be too disappointed when your consciousness ceases to be upon your death. 😉

    Elaine,

    As someone who works in a field where evolution is an impossible to ignore enemy (cancer is evolution out-of-control), I find your post very disturbing. Scientists are rare enough as it is that we don’t need to be giving our children built-in handicaps if they choose to go into a scientific field.

    [Elaine posted]

    The textbook delivers a religious ultimatum to young readers and parents, warning in its “History of Life” chapter that a “Christian worldview … is the only correct view of reality; anyone who rejects it will not only fail to reach heaven but also fail to see the world as it truly is.”

    In light of this, I wonder what happened to all of the amazing science done by creationist biologists. It’s remarkable that such a deluded worldview as evolution could produce the scientific wonders that it has…

  2. Top home-school texts dismiss Darwin, evolution
    By Dylan Lovan
    Associated Press (3/6/2010)
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_rel_home_school_evolution

    Excerpt:
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Home-school mom Susan Mule wishes she hadn’t taken a friend’s advice and tried a textbook from a popular Christian publisher for her 10-year-old’s biology lessons.

    Mule’s precocious daughter Elizabeth excels at science and has been studying tarantulas since she was 5. But she watched Elizabeth’s excitement turn to confusion when they reached the evolution section of the book from Apologia Educational Ministries, which disputed Charles Darwin’s theory.

    “I thought she was going to have a coronary,” Mule said of her daughter, who is now 16 and taking college courses in Houston. “She’s like, ‘This is not true!'”

    Christian-based materials dominate a growing home-school education market that encompasses more than 1.5 million students in the U.S. And for most home-school parents, a Bible-based version of the Earth’s creation is exactly what they want. Federal statistics from 2007 show 83 percent of home-schooling parents want to give their children “religious or moral instruction.”

    “The majority of home-schoolers self-identify as evangelical Christians,” said Ian Slatter, a spokesman for the Home School Legal Defense Association. “Most home-schoolers will definitely have a sort of creationist component to their home-school program.”

    Those who don’t, however, often feel isolated and frustrated from trying to find a textbook that fits their beliefs.

    Two of the best-selling biology textbooks stack the deck against evolution, said some science educators who reviewed sections of the books at the request of The Associated Press.

    “I feel fairly strongly about this. These books are promulgating lies to kids,” said Jerry Coyne, an ecology and evolution professor at the University of Chicago.

    The textbook publishers defend their books as well-rounded lessons on evolution and its shortcomings. One of the books doesn’t attempt to mask disdain for Darwin and evolutionary science.

    “Those who do not believe that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God will find many points in this book puzzling,” says the introduction to “Biology: Third Edition” from Bob Jones University Press. “This book was not written for them.”

    The textbook delivers a religious ultimatum to young readers and parents, warning in its “History of Life” chapter that a “Christian worldview … is the only correct view of reality; anyone who rejects it will not only fail to reach heaven but also fail to see the world as it truly is.”

    When the AP asked about that passage, university spokesman Brian Scoles said the sentence made it into the book because of an editing error and will be removed from future editions.

  3. If God had not given us a Book in which He had explained to us the origins of everything, we could rightly allege that He had deceived us, beginning with Adam.

    When Adam looked around the Garden of Eden, He likely saw the same sorts of physical features we now associate with Yosemite and/or Hawaii. Included among these were trees which looked several hundred years old. If Adam had chopped one down, he would certainly have found corresponding growth rings inside them. Nevertheless, they were actually only a day or two older than Adam was. God explained this to him, so there was no deception.

    The Bible reveals that God is “a God Who hides Himself.” Those who willfully refuse to believe what He has told us, will indeed be lost. I am confident that one could travel to the end of the created universe and discover no more, and no less, physical “evidene” for the existence of God’s handiwork. As with every miracle described in Scripture, the choice offered to man could be viewed by the secularist as one of philosophy: Believe what you see with your eyes, or believe, instead, what God says. Why God does these things is never explained. Nevertheless, that is the situation in which man finds himself.

    Now it is your turn to ridicule me as stupid, so God may gain glory when you find the tables turned, on That Day:

  4. Mike S.

    I am laughing right now. I could see how she would get confused and it would be the same with BushII.

  5. “To recap for Simple Sara Plain: big rock fall out of sky, crush ark carrying dinosaurs, leave huge hole in Yucatan.”

    James,
    My only quibble is that I don’t think she knows where the Yucatan is, or even know what a peninsula is. I would amend to:

    leave huge hole in ground somewhere.

  6. James,

    Ya gotta love an energy that needs to be measured in yottaJoules! Most of the calculations were done by the website that I linked (I don’t know how to calculate the radiant flux or the depth of the ejecta… Although I did calculate that 22 exaJoules* of kinetic energy would be converted into thermal energy by atmospheric friction. ;-)) And don’t you mean ‘God throws big rock’ instead of ‘big rock fall out of sky’?

    *This is more that the yearly electricity production of the US.

  7. I was having problems with the maths myself. 100 Million tons or 100 Megatons seemed far too small. The Tungusta event clocked in at 30 megatons and the former Soviet Union’s Tsar Bomba checked in at 50 megatons whilst being designed to tip the scales at 100 megatons. In defense of Dr. Turley the error seems to be in the original CNN article.

    A yield in the teratons (adding six more zeros to the final answer) sounds much more correct. Slartibartfast’s back of the (large manila) envelope calculations are much appreciated.

    To recap for Simple Sara Plain: big rock fall out of sky, crush ark carrying dinosaurs, leave huge hole in Yucatan.

  8. Correction:

    I should have said the earthquake accounts for the EQUIVALENT energy of 3 teratons of TNT.

  9. Um… having ‘done the math’ for another thread, I just wanted to correct and add to your numbers here: The Chicxulub impactor was about 10 miles wide and had a kinetic energy of about 1.52 x 10^24 Joules or 1.52 yottaJoules (YJ). This a little less than 1/3 of the total solar energy striking the face of the Earth each year or the equivalent of 362 teratons (362 MILLION MEGATONS) of TNT. It opened a crater 163 km in diameter in the water where it struck and left a final crater 182 km in diamenter and 1.42 km deep. If you were standing 100 km away from the impact, you would be INSIDE the fireball which would appear 520 times larger than the sun. The radiation peak would reach you 11.5 seconds after impact and the radiant flux would be 24,100 times greater than that of the sun. About 20 seconds after impact the ground would start shaking like an earthquake measuring 10.3 on the Richter scale (This accounts for about 3 teratons of energy all by itself and is bigger than any earthquake in recorded history). Most masonry and frame structures would be destroyed along with their foundations, there would be large landslides, rails would be bent greatly and underground pipelines would be completely out of service. About 144 seconds after impact you would be buried by 876 m of ejecta (convenient since the fireball would have probably killed you). About 303 seconds after impact the airblast will arrive – with a peak overpressure of 60 megaPascals or about 600 times atmospheric pressure at sea level. The maximum wind velocity would have been over 6 km/s and the sound intensity would have been 156 dB. Multistory steel-framed office-type buildings will suffer extreme frame distortion and incipient collapse, highway truss and girder bridges will collapse, and 90% of trees will be blown down, the remainder stripped of branches and leaves. Finally the average interval between impacts of this size on the Earth is 430 million years, so if it happened 5000 years ago we probably don’t have to worry about another one for a while…

    Most of this information comes from:

    http://www.lpl.arizona.edu/impacteffects/

    An excellent site which calculates the effects of impactors.

    Professor Turley,

    You have my sincere thanks for giving me a use for all of this information – my inner geek salutes you!

  10. It was real science verite when I read about the discovery of the crater off Mexico. What a fantastic bit of detective work. The shock rock samples, crater topology, carbon dating, strata layer comparisons, extinction records…

    Those evil scientists and their, huh.. “FACTS”

  11. Once again God has tricked you apostates by planting false evidence to test your faith. When the rapture hits you’re all in trouble.

  12. Back in my sordid youth, a friend who went to the same fundamentalist church as I did confessed that he believed in EVILution, when we all righteously rebuked him he said “I just think God wouldn’t lie to us,” and refused to talk about it anymore. It took me years to appreciate that reply.

    Mr Ed,

    If by musician you mean “plays in a contemporary Christian band,” I have to inform you you’re using the word wrong.

  13. Hey! What’s 65 million years between fellow ‘Mericans? Are you some kind of socialists ’round here? You bethca’!

  14. I’ll take the scientist’s theory over Sarah Palin’s on any day, no matter what the subject is. Creationism is just a hoax that was formulated to keep people dumb. And in Sarah Palin’s case, the theory fits the person.

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