The making of 'dinosaur crater'
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The making of 'dinosaur crater'

Scientists say the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs moved rock huge distances as it dug out a crater in what is now the Gulf of Mexico.

Their assessment is based on the analysis of materials drilled from the impact bowl earlier this year.

In this animation, which depicts just one side of the crater, rock is seen to behave in a fluid-like manner, sloshing back and forth.

The action seen here covers just a matter of minutes. Commentary by Prof Sean Gulick.

  • 17 Nov 2016