Book: T. Rex and the Crater of Doom
Sun, 5 Dec 1999 23:17:21 EST

by Walter Alvarez;

While sitting here in the delightful truckstop in the thriving metropolis of Albert Turkey New Mexico I have been reading quiet heavily. How else does one pass the time?

Along with my usual ration of trashy (and ocassionaly NOT trashy) Science fiction books I have just completed "Crater of Doom"...which you have to admit...has a catchy title.

It has to do with the K/T boundry extinction and it's causal exterrestrial oject's (asteroid <meteor?> or comet) impact with the yucatan penn. of mexico.

I'm sure most members on this list know more about it than i've learned from reading the book but i found it interesting. In it was hinted that there might be some connection between the impact and the massive volcanic eruptions in india at approximately the same time.

What was MORE interesting is that I heard much more positive declarations of such a connection from a member of this list (Micheal Lowrie....where are you anyway....?????....long time no hear from) much earlier. Of Course the book was published in 97 and I just now got around to reading it.

Micheal said that (my words to describe his explanation) a resonance focusing effect of the siesmic shockwaves caused the volcanic event in india...the results of the Impact AND the vulcanism combined contributed to the k/t boundry mass extinction.

Dunno...but it's another reason i'm glad I'm a subscriber to this list..