How Large Meteorite Impacts Affect Planetary Mantle Convection
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Thomas Ruedas is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Munster in the Institute of Planetology. Their research focuses primarily on Geophysics and Computational Planetary Science.

                       

How Large Meteorite Impacts Affect Planetary Mantle Convection

Every now and then, car- or house-sized bodies entering Earth's atmosphere from outer space meet a fiery end in a final blaze and remind us that interplanetary space is not quite as empty as it seems. Even larger (and thankfully less numerous) objects are known to have made it to the surface of the Earth, producing more or less large craters, and spelling doom for local or even global ecosystems. Many scientists think that one such event, which has produced...

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