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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsEarth Sciences & Geology · 6 years ago

Gulf of Mexico is actually a gargauntaun asteroid crater?

I read something on a science website that the gulf of mexico is actually a prehistoric impact crater caused by a giant asteroid at least 50-100 miles in diameter.

Is there any evidence to support this theory?

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  • 6 years ago
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    It is thought that The Gulf of Mexico formed approx 300 million years ago.Many theory exist as to the exact mechanism of formation,but most scientist agree that the Gulf was formed as a result of seafloor subsidence.

    About 300 million yrs ago Europe,Africa and South America collided with North America, form the super continent of Pangea.

    It is thought that the Gulf of Mexico formed approx. 300 million yrs ago.The GULF OF Mexico is too large to have been formed by a meteor impact.However ,the Chicxulub formed by a meteor crater, which is believed to be the largest mteo crater on earth,is found off the Yucatan Peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico.The Chicxulub crater is in 150-300 km diameter,whereas the Gulf of Mexico already existed When the Chicxulub meteor hit.

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    5 years ago

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    Gulf of Mexico is actually a gargauntaun asteroid crater?

    I read something on a science website that the gulf of mexico is actually a prehistoric impact crater caused by a giant asteroid at least 50-100 miles in diameter.

    Is there any evidence to support this theory?

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  • Erika
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Gulf Of Mexico Crater

  • 6 years ago

    the bulk of the basin filled by water that we call the Gulf of Mexico is not a crater, although there is a major crater, mostly filled in by later sedimentary rocks, that is located near and beneath the Yucatan Peninsula (the crater is thought to be the one formed by the dinosaur-killing asteroid impact of 65 million years ago).

    Really, the Gulf of Mexico used to be a sea connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, but collision of the Pacific plate with the Atlantic plate and the nearby separate continents of North and South America caused the formation of the Isthmus of Panama. This closure was complete by about 3 million years ago, and is thought to be a major cause for the onset of the Ice Age.

    Most of the gulf of Mexico is ocean floor, and the old impact crater only touches its edge down toward the southwest. There is a crater there, but it isn't why the Gulf has its current shape. The crater wasn't that huge.

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  • bodman
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Mexico Crater

  • 6 years ago

    Well, yes and no. The asteroid believed to have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs and to have result in the formation of the Gulf of Mexico actually hit an area that is now mostly overlaid by the Yucatan. So the blue area you see on the map today is just the part that has not been filled in.

  • Jason
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    It's quite a bit smaller than the whole Gulf of Mexico. The crater is very evident when you look at the geological data:

    http://www.daviddarling.info/images/Chicxulub_LPI....

    http://fallingstar.com/media/ChicxulubCrater.jpg

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    BP and our government should cooperate to resolve this situation as quickly as possible, and to prevent future occurrences. Many of us DO care, a great many, but our two party system and partisan politics only inspire rhetoric and repetition, not solutions. I hope more people in the U.S. begin to realize that blindly following the "party line" is in and of itself an unamerican ideal, more suited for communism than a democracy. Also, I assume you are British, the American people do not hold the people of the U.K. responsible for this event. It is an unfortunate incident that hopefully we shall overcome and learn from.

  • 6 years ago

    it's called the chicxulub crater

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicxulub_crater

    the asteroid was not that size, it was estimated to be about the size of mount everest, the crater is 125 miles wide.

  • 6 years ago

    The Western side of the Gulf is. That is the Asteroid that killed the dino's.

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