Night Comes to the Cretaceous Comets, Craters, Controversy, and the Last Days of the Dinosaurs

ISBN-10: 0156007037
ISBN-13: 9780156007030
Edition: N/A
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Description: What killed the dinosaurs? For more than a century, this question has been one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in science. But, in 1980, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Luis Alvarez and his son, Walter, proposed a radical answer: 65 million years  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.00
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 9/23/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

What killed the dinosaurs? For more than a century, this question has been one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in science. But, in 1980, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Luis Alvarez and his son, Walter, proposed a radical answer: 65 million years ago an asteroid or comet as big as Mt. Everest slammed into the earth, raising a dust cloud vast enough to cause mass extinction. A revolutionary idea that challenged the ice-age extinction theory, the asteroid-impact theory was scorned and derided by the science community. But after years of bitter debate and intense research, an astonishing discovery was made-an immense impact crater in the Yucataacute;n Peninsula that was identified as Ground Zero. The Alvarezes had their proof. A dramatic scientific detective story, Night Comes to the Cretaceous is a brilliant example of science at work-in the trenches, complete with passionate struggles and occasional victories.

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