Might the World End Soon:How Real is The Danger of a Major Meteor Strike on Earth? “With zillions and zillions of meteors hurtling around in oursolar system, there’s always a chance that one could hit Earth atany moment. But what would be the consequences and how wouldthe Earth be affected if one does happen to hit? If an object fromspace hit the sea, a huge tidal wave would be formed, hundreds ofmeters high, which would leave most of the world under water for aperiod of time, destroying and killing everything in it’s way.
Thiswould have a catastrophic effect on the Earth, as most peoplewould be killed, and leaving countries powerless, unable to doanything. Crops would also be destroyed, starvation would kill allof the survivors, homes would be washed away leaving no shelters,and without hospitals or medication disease would spread quicklykilling even more people. As it can be seen, the effects of ameteorite hitting the sea would only cause a temporary, yetcatastrophic flooding.
Though a direct impact on the ice capscould cause a larger scale of destruction. The caps would melt,increasing the sea level a few hundred meters high. On the otherhand, if an object from space hit land, it would cause a hugeamount of dust and dirt to be thrown into the atmosphere. Thisdust would stay in the atmosphere for many years and would blockout the sun, causing the Earth to fall into a darkness, as well asleaving many consequences on the planet. Crops would fail due tothe lack of light, which would cause massive starvation and death. It would be difficult to breathe without special masks to filter outthe dust. With no sunlight or heat, being able to penetrate theatmosphere, the overall world temperature would fall dramatically,causing a possible ice age to occur.” – “Death in June” (Discover;page 16). With all the facts and governmental resource, there is agood chance that a meteor could hit the earth at any momentcausing the world to end!Over the millions of years that Earth has existed, there havebeen billions of meteors that hit, but of all the ones that hit,scientists concluded that they were not Earth threatening. Themost recent meteor that struck Earth, that caused serious damage,was on the morning on June 30, 1908 in Siberia. When it hit, it hadthe force of a 20-megaton nuclear bomb. The collision causednearly a thousand square miles of forest around the Tunguska Riverto be destroyed. Another example, is the theory of the dinosaursextinction. Scientists have never proven this to be 100 % true, butit is one of the beliefs on how the dinosaurs became extinct. Bothscientists and paleontologists, feel that a meteor must of hit Earth, afew million years ago, killing the dinosaurs. The meteor that mightof wiped out the dinosaurs also could have brought about the iceage, because of the huge dust cloud that was thrown into the air. Also, even though this meteor strike never hit Earth, the worldwatched in awe as thousands of meteors hit the planet Jupiter twoyears ago. For about one week, many meteors collided into Jupitercausing huge craters on it’s surface. If the meteors hit the Earthinstead of Jupiter–the world might have been destroyed. Almostevery American has to know of the crater in Arizona. About49,000 years ago, a 150 foot meteor hit into the present day stateof Arizona. This is the biggest crater in the United States. Throughout time, there have been many meteors that have hitEarth causing great damage, but the scary thing is that there arestill trillions and trillions of meteors right outside our planet.
In the Milky Way, the Earth is one of the planets with thegreatest chance of getting hit by a meteor. The Earth is only oneplanet away from the Asteroid Belt, which is located between Marsand Jupiter. At any moment, a meteor could break free and headstraight towards Earth. With millions of meteors located in this beltthere is a great chance that one could break free. Many scientistsand government workers are afraid that this might happen, so theyare teaming up to figure out a plan to stop it from happening. NASA is trying to track up to ninety percent of the meteors (that areover one kilometer) in the next ten years. Also, the United StatesGovernment is dedicating more money for research to guardagainst meteor attacks. One of NASA’s best ideas (if a meteor isheading straight towards Earth) is to “redirect this huge meteor. The thing with that option is that NASA will have to identify anyEarth threatening objects ten to twenty years before impact so theycan shift it a few millimeters laterally per second during it’s courseof travel. If they do identify one though, they would have to send aspacecraft to it and set off an explosion, causing the meteor to veer off course of Earth. But for the meteors we discover a few monthsbefore impact, we would only have a ten percent chance ofstopping the meteor from hitting Earth,” – as told by DonaldYeomans (a NASA worker – “Meteor Attack!” Science World; page 11). NASA is working on other ideas, but this is their best idea so far. Since meteors have hit Earth before and the government is workingon ways to prevent it, they must feel it could happen again in thenear future.
There are many meteors out in space that are much biggerthen any one that has ever hit Earth. A scary fact is that a meteorthe size of a Volkswagen Beetle could destroy Earth if it lands in theright spot. Since many meteors have already hit Earth that causeddamage and there’s millions of huge meteors out in the AsteroidBelt, you can put two and two together, and figure out that there isa great chance that one of these meteors could hit us again,destroying the Earth. So, we are only about a million miles awayfrom destruction. Scientists have figured out the chance of ameteor hitting Earth that would cause a serious death count. Theyfeel that once in every 100,000 years a meteor could hit Earth thatwould kill 100 or more people. They also feel that 1,000 people ormore would get killed once in every 1,000,000 years due to ameteor. Just to warn you, there hasn’t been a major strike thatkilled that many people or left serious damage to Earth in a fewmillion years. The last time a meteor caused great damage was inprehistoric time when a meteor weighting about 132,000 poundslanded in Southwest Africa. That meteor is the biggest one thatscientists ever found on Earth. Sadly for us though, there aremillions of meteors that are hundreds of times bigger then the onethat hit in Southwest Africa. Just imagine the damage that couldoccur if one does hit!In conclusion, a meteor will hit the Earth in the near futuredestroying the human race and every other form of life on Earth. It probably won’t happen in the next ten years, but maybesomewhere between the next hundred to thousand years. Therehave been many meteors that have struck the Earth’s surface, andthere’s still millions of huge ones out there. Probably the only goodnews regarding a meteor hitting the Earth, is that both theGovernment and NASA are working on many ideas to prevent itfrom happening. There is just one more thing to say–watch out forthe big one, it could hit at any moment, and just remember toDUCK!!!
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