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Artist's concept of a catastrophic asteroid impact with the Earth

Artist's concept of a catastrophic asteroid impact with the Earth



Life near the impact would be instantly wiped out from the effects of high temperatures and pressures. Injection of huge masses of dust (and gases) into the atmosphere would effectively block out sunlight for long periods of time to the point that most life could not be sustained ("Nuclear Winter").
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Last Update: 1 September 2019
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