Pictured above is Meteor Crater outside of Winslow, Arizona... I was there a few times and believe me, it's awe-inspiring.
It's about one mile wide and about six hundred feet deep. Scientists believe it was caused by a mostly iron meteor around 50,000 years ago. Most eggheads thought it was an extinct volcano up until the 1950's.
Most scientists now believe these impacts happen more often than previously believed. The Tunguska 'event' in Siberia in 1908 for instance. Some also believe a meteor a shitload larger that the one the caused this little hole in the ground hit the Earth millions of years ago causing the dinosaurs to die off, bringing about the age of the mammals... In essence, us.
Scientists also say it's not if another rock the size of New Jersey hits us, it's when...
So if you really want to know what the effects of a certain sized rock hitting the earth would be, if this shit is keeping you up at night...
Just plug in whatever info you desire, type of rock, asteroid or comet that could possibility hit the earth, and it'll give you the expected effects.
It's just another installment of the odd and bizarre shit you always thought about but were to lazy to look up... So I do it for you!
Just remember, some day, maybe tomorrow, maybe in another million years, a rock again will hit the earth ending all life as we know it.
Have a fantastic day and keep looking up!
Copyright 2005 Thomas J Wolfenden