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`Dino-killing meteorite`

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 08:56

Washington: A meteorite more than 40 kms wide and hurtling towards Earth at 58,000 miles per hour that killed dinosaurs 65 million years ago had
actually crash-landed off India`s west coast, an Indian-origin professor has claimed.

Sankar Chatterjee of Texas Tech University, who presented his research this month at a meet in the Geological Society of America in Portland, Oregon, on Monday, said, "If we are right, massive Shiva basin, a submerged depression west of India is the largest crater known on our planet."

Chatterjee, who along with a team of researchers took a close look at the Shiva basin that is intensely mined for its oil and gas resources said, "It is probably the largest, multi-ringed impact crater the world has ever seen and a bolide of this size, perhaps 40 kms in diameter creates its own tectonics".

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 08:56

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