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Raiding the 66 million-year-old crater holding the secrets of the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs

(UK TELEGRAPH) — Scientists are traveling back more than 60 million years in history to drill deep under the ocean floor in search of clues about the event that wiped out the dinosaurs, and nearly extinguished life on earth.

Some 15 miles off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, on a platform above the crater left behind when a massive asteroid struck the earth, they are traveling back through 66 million years of the earth’s history.

The area surrounding the crater, known as Chicxulub, is now characterized by serene seas and breathtaking sunsets. But it was once the site of a collision with the force of about 100 million atomic bombs.

Joanna Morgan, a professor of geophysics at Imperial College London and co-chief of the study at Chicxulub, describes the immediate aftermath of the asteroid’s impact:

“The first thing you’d see would be thermal radiation, so it’s very much like a nuclear explosion. You get a great big, expanding vapor plume that then at a certain temperature turns red hot and radiates heat,” she says, explaining that everything within 1000km – an area that on a current map includes Miami to the Northeast, Mexico City to the West and stretches down to Nicaragua to the South – would be incinerated.

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Scientists are traveling back more than 60 million years in history by drilling under the ocean floor for clues about the event that wiped out the dinosaurs.

What was the inspiration for Gray Apocalypse?

Gray Apocalypse was inspired by an abduction event in Puerto Rico in May 1988. Amaury Rivera, a resident of Cabo Rojo in southwest Puerto Rico, claimed his alien abductors showed him an image of an enormous asteroid striking the Caribbean Sea near Puerto Rico, a catastrophe they predicted for the near future that would cause universal destruction and leave only a remnant of human civilization.

Rivera spoke about his experiences in a documentary by German filmmaker Michael Hesemann: UFOs: The Secret Evidence. He claimed he was taken from his car about 4:30 in the morning of May 8 and found himself aboard a spacecraft along with fourteen other people. A human looking alien with long black hair showed them holographic images that gave an idea of the alien’s home planet. Then came the hologram showing Earth’s destruction. Read more »

The historic lighthouse at Cabo Rojo and its importance to this fast-paced story

Imagine the dome of a small observatory built on top of the tower of the historic lighthouse at Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. Also imagine that a potent weapon is hidden inside the tower that is intended to deflect an asteroid big enough to destroy Earth and that the fuel for the weapon is Element 115, ununpentium — the same element that fuels the alien spacecraft.

Imagine further that the fuel for the weapon is hidden somewhere in Texas. The hero must find it and then discover where in Puerto Rico he must go with it in order to power the weapon to deflect the asteroid the aliens have diverted. Their goal: to strike Earth with it to destroy all human life.

The hero has only three days to accomplish all of this. The aliens and their earthly conspirators try to do everything in their power to stop him. How he finally succeeds makes Gray Apocalypse one of the most exciting sci-fi thrillers ever written.