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CLIP 14055

The tsunami from outer space

The tsunami from outer space
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Key Info
  • The tsunami from outer space
  • Duration: 03:58
  • Professor Iain Stewart discusses the tsunami waves that would have been caused by the huge asteroid impact that many experts believe killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. An asteroid the size of San Francisco slammed into the sea just off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, leaving an impact crater 112 miles across and 20 times as deep as the Grand Canyon. First broadcast on 'Ten things you didn't know about...Tsunamis' on BBC4 in January 2008.
  • Subject:

    Geography

       Topic:

    Natural Hazards: Tectonic Activity

  • Keywords: Dinosaurs, tsunami, waves, asteroid, space, Mexico, crater, Iain Stewart, Mexico, Yucatan Peninsula, crater, tenthingsyoudidntknowabout
Ideas for use in class
  • Fascinating imagery explaining the resulting tsunami from a huge asteroid as it smashed into our planet. Useful for discussing the power of waves and tsunamis.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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