The asteroid that killed all dinosaurs or the Chicxulub event was damaging to life in the oceans as well, not only to life on land, according to a study.
An asteroid about 6 miles struck Earth and killed all dinosaurs
The event took place about 66 million years ago in the location where Mexico is today. The dinosaurs were all wiped out, as it’s already known by now.
The exact fate of the creatures that were living in the oceans at the time (shelly ammonites, giant mosasaurs, and other sea creatures) was not precisely known, NYTimes writes.
Now, there’s new research that seems to shed some light on this and explains what exactly happened.
It seems that the space rock that ended the dinosaurs’ era also acidified the planet’s oceans and disrupted the food chain that sustained life underwater. This resulted, as you may have already guessed, in mass extinction.
The online publication revealed that this study was published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The asteroid triggered ocean acidification in an instant
The study aims to prove the theory that the event’s destruction of marine life was just as powerful as the fire and fury this managed to bring to land.
“It’s flash acidification, and it transformed ecosystems for millions of years,” according to Noah Planavsky, a biogeochemist at Yale and one of the study’s authors.
He continued and said: “We were shocked that we actually found this.”
The impact of the Chicxulub asteroid send massive rocks in the atmosphere of our planet and incinerated the forests. More than that, it drove massive tsunamis across the oceans.
The link between this horrifying crash and the marine extinction was not that solid until now.
We recommend that you check out the complete study in order to learn more about the tragic event.