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    Oct 08

    It sounds like something straight out of a Hollywood action film, and in many cases, it has been; but it is also true. New scientific evidence is lending a great deal of credence to the long standing theory that over thirteen thousand years ago, a comet hit North America. Some sixty five million years after the collision that wiped out all of the world’s dinosaurs, a much smaller comet struck North America.

    The theory postulates that the comet broke apart as it entered our atmosphere, raining fire over the whole of North America, burning plains and forests alike and covering the continent in smoke. The comet essentially broke into a large swarm of smaller comets, wreaking havoc and causing explosions similar to the effects of dropping thousands of nuclear bombs across the continent. The heat given off from the explosions and the fires is thought to have melted a significant amount of the Laurentide glacier found in Canada, which sent mass amounts of water flowing through the Mississippi River and into the Gulf of Mexico. The resulting current changes as these waters reached the Atlantic are believed to be the main contributing factor in a thirteen hundred year Ice Age also called the Younger Dryas.

    Between the barrage of fire and the flooding, many species of mammals were entirely killed off; while many others were hunted to extinction as the cataclysmic event had so greatly reduced their numbers that they could not survive being hunted. Among the animals wiped out were the mammoths, mastodons, dire wolves, and American lions and camels. Humans themselves reduced greatly in number, with many areas of the continent not seeing the return of humans for hundreds of years. The comet is also thought to be the primary cause of the disappearance of the Clovis American Indian group, who were the primary settlers of the continent up to this time, as evidenced by artifacts which are widespread in areas predating the comet.

    Perhaps this all seems too far fetched to be real, and for people who share that view the evidence that proves the theory might sound even more far fetched. The piece of evidence that is believed to finally prove this theory after all this time is none other than diamonds. While many scientists have believed the theory for years, it is only after the discovery of a thin layer of diamond dust below the continent that the majority of skeptics have started to believe the theory.

    For years, researchers and scientists have known of a thin layer of black soil beneath North America that has been found to contain iridium and other debris that indicates the degree of impact that could only come from a comet or meteor. When a scientific journal printed earlier this month, however, that a layer of nanodiamonds, or diamonds so small that it takes an electron microscope to see them, was buried only a couple of feet below the continent’s surface, many former skeptics have started to come to the conclusion of the earlier researchers.

    Many scientists feel that the comet theory may be the only way to explain the diamonds, as they can only be formed under extreme pressure and at extreme temperatures, both of which are congruent with what would happen were a comet to strike the surface of the planet.

    So far, three independent laboratories have confirmed the presence and composition of the nanodiamonds, lending a great deal of credence to the researchers who first made the discovery and published the report. These researchers, James P. Kennett of the University of California Santa Barbara and Douglas J. Kennett of the University of Oregon are the same researchers who also discovered the iridium that first helped scientists develop the comet impact theory. James Kennett is a paleooceanographer as well as the father of co-researcher Douglas Kennett, who spends his time fulfilling his duties as an archaeologist and professor at the University of Oregon. The Kennett’s have published a number of books and papers on a wide variety of scientific topics and hold a very wide range of interests within their respective fields.

    In short, while many of us prefer to think of diamonds as the main component of some of the world’s most beautiful jewelry, they may also be a clue to the dark history of the universe. These beautiful gems may be able to shed some light on the history of our planet and our universe, leading us one step closer to figuring out how it all began. With diamonds also finding a home in numerous medical applications and treatments, including revolutionary new cancer treatments, it seems our brilliant friends may also have a life outside of our jewelry boxes for many more years to come.

    One Response to “Diamonds May Offer Proof That a Comet Struck North America”

    1. Maritza Santiago Says:

      Great post! Thanks for the share!

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