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What If A Giant Meteorite Hit The Ocean?

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When you imagine a cataclysmic meteorite hitting Earth, you probably imagine it touching down on land. And yet, water covers 71 percent of the Earth's surface. Scientists at Los Alamos National Lab have calculated exactly what kind of impact a water, er, impact would have. Specifically, their simulation revealed that a direct impact would be more likely to cause a tsunami than an airburst impact, and that air pressure waves might prevent such a wave from traveling far. Find out more in the video below.

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