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Chicxulub: The Impact and Tsunami : the Story of the Largest Known Asteroid to Hit the Earth


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Preface.- Prologue: The Arrival.- CHAPTER 1: The Orbiting Oobjects.- The Asteroids.- Asteroid Impacts -- It's All about Kinetic Energy.- On Kinetic Impacts.- The Barringer Impact Crater.- The Tunguska Explosion.- On the Probabilities of Asteroid-Earth Collisions.- Other Objects of Concern.- CHAPTER 2: THE TALE OF CHICXULUB.- The Alvarez Discovery -- The Origin of the K-Pg Boundary.- On the Size of the Asteroid.- Conclusions of the Alvarez Study.- Found -- A Crater.- Found -- Tektites in Haiti.- A Fortuitous Geology Conference.- Geophysical Gravity and Seismic Data.- Bore Hole and Crater Stratigraphy.- Evidence of Ejecta in the K-Pg Boundary.- Arroyal Membral, Northeast Mexico.- Brazos River, Texas.- Dogie Creek, Wyoming.- A Typical Deep Ocean Core through the K-Pg Boundary.- Other Attributes of the Crater Target Zone.- The Impact Effects of a Deeper Gulf.- Effects of High Sulfates in the Deep Target Rocks.- Reaffirming the Effects of the "Alvarez Asteroid".- Chicxulub's Single Event-Caused Extinction -- The Deniers.- CHAPTER 3: A SCENARIO FOR THE CHICXULUB IMPACT AND ENERGIES.- The Ancient Gulf of Mexico -- A Little History.- Chicxulub's Atmospheric Entry -The Sonic Boom.- Impact and Explosion.- The Seismic Waves.- Explosion, Ejecta and Fallout.- An Undersea Nuclear Explosion as an Analogy of Chicxulub.- The Chicxulub Crater formation -- A Model.- The Great Explosion Cavity.- Today's Crater.- On Impact and Volcanic Craters.- CHAPTER 4: THE CHICXULUB TSUNAMI.- Tsunami Generation -- The 3 Modes.- A Primer on Tsunamis - Wave Basics.- Refraction -- Navigator of Tsunamis.- Tsunami Waves Coming Ashore -- Run-up.- The Cortes Bank.- The Indonesian Earthquake Tsunami - 2004.- The Tsunami at Unimac Island, Aleutians.- The Great East Japan Earthquake Tsunami - 2011.- The La Palma Volcano Collapse Tsunami - A Model.- The 1950DA Ocean Impact Tsunami - A Model.- The Chicxulub Impact Tsunami.- Chicxulub Tsunami's "Edgerton Effect".- Chicxulub's Spreading Waves and their Global Reach.- CHAPTER 5: LONG TERM GLOBAL EFFECTS.- Oceanographic Chaos -- The Creation of the Hot Toxic Sea.- Ocean Stability Effects.- The Long Dark "Nuclear Winter".- The Long "Greenhouse Summer".- Damage to the Biosphere.- Epilogue: Possible Chicxulub Effects on the path of Human Evalution.

About the Author

David Shonting earned a B.S. and M.S. in chemistry from the University of New Hampshire and the ScD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served as research assistant at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, as a physical oceanographer at the Naval Underwater Systems Center, Newport, RI and as adjunct professor at the University of Rhode Island. He helped to initiate and develop the Oceanography and Ocean Engineering programs at Southeast Massachusetts University. Dr. Shonting also conducted research at the NATO Undersea Research Centre in La Spazia, Italy and has consulted in Admiralty Law and environmental programs Cathy Ezrailson is currently an associate professor of science education at the University of South Dakota. She earned her B.S. in Earth Science from Ashland University, her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction: Science Education at the University of Houston, and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction: Physics Education from Texas A&M University. She has taught physics, geology, and physical science. And was awarded the Presidential Award Excellence in Math and Science Teaching from Texas in 2000. She gives local, national and international presentations and workshops for teachers and students. She now consults widely on classroom, lab and field safety.


"Shonting ... offer a narrative that touches on scientific disciplines based in tsunami research, including astronomy, geology, oceanography, chemistry, biosciences, and world history. ... Each of the five chapters begins with an abstract that guides the reader through that chapter's exploration. ... Summing Up: Recommended. All readers." (R. I. Saltz, Choice, Vol. 54 (11), July, 2017)

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