Armageddon: Opening Scene
  • Geography → Impact Craters → Chicxulub Crater
  • Biology → Extinction → Dinosaur Extinction

An asteroid crashes into the Earth during the time of the dinosaurs, creating a giant explosion that affects the entire planet. The narrator explains that the asteroid is 6 miles wide and strikes the earth with an impact equivalent to that of 10,000 nuclear weapons. A trillion tons of dirt and rock are thrown into the atmosphere, blocking out the sun for years.

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  1. What is mass extinction?
  2. What is the difference between an asteroid and a meteor?

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