Skip to comments.'Fried Egg' may be impact crater
Posted on 12/20/2009 9:37:16 AM PST by SunkenCiv
Portuguese scientists have found a depression on the Atlantic Ocean floor they think may be an impact crater.
The roughly circular, 6km-wide hollow has a broad central dome and has been dubbed the "Fried Egg" because of its distinctive shape.
It was detected to the south of the Azores Islands during a survey to map the continental shelf.
If the Fried Egg was made by a space impactor, the collision probably took place within the past 17 million years...
It lies under 2km of water about 150km from the Azores archipelago.
The depressed ring sits roughly 110m below the surrounding ocean bottom, with the circular dome-shaped central uplift 3km in diameter and with a base-to-top height of some 300m...
A volcanic origin for the Fried Egg seems unlikely because the Portuguese team has not been able to find any lava flows within the structure or on its surroundings.
Interestingly, there is another - but much smaller - feature just 3-4km to the west of the egg.
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More interesting to me is the fact that scientists say that if the Earth were struck by an object that large, it would wipe out all higher life forms. So how did the higher life forms we have survive that?
Looks like the fried egg was a straight in impact, if that ‘s what it is.
The smaller egg appears to have been impacted from the right in that picture.
Atlantis. No Doubt.
A lot of big impacts are “doublet”, caused by multiple pieces of a former whole, like the SL-9 comet impacts on Jupiter.
The Eltanin impact about 2 million years ago hit in the Southern Pacific (I think it was the Pacific) near Antarctica. The submerged crater was found during the multi-year International Geophysical Year in the 1950s, and named after the boat that carried the researchers. Subsequently the iridium signature of the impact has been identified.
Mass populations can’t. But you can find various places on the earth where a society could survive through a bad period, and just continue on.
If you had to pick a realistic threat to society...the impact threat is 99 times more realistic than climate change...yet for every dollar spent on climate change...one cent gets spent on impact and meteor studies.
It’s in the right place... :’) Shades of Otto Muck!
That's right. It is a mathematical certainty that Earth will again be hit by an asteroid/comet of such size that it will cause near-global level extinction. It's anything but a mathematical certainty that the earth is warming in any significant way do to man.
Interesting... Most of those impacts seem to be missing the central uplift of the “fried egg” (or else it is obscured by dust and debris) - perhaps due to differing substrate materials at the point of impact...
Who says they did? Think of it as a celestial reset button.
“one cent gets spent on impact and meteor studies.”
That much? I would have thought it was much smaller - like .001 cent, concidering the multi-billions spent worldwide on the Great Hoax.
“So how did the higher life forms we have survive that?
Who says they did? Think of it as a celestial reset button.”
They left before the impact and haven’t been back since -— Earth is still waiting for a higher life form to evolve/be created.
And the cities are round! Just like the theory says - here are still elephants etc under the domes.
I like mine over easy. Very cool..
the amount of energy involved. wow.
and it could happen again. 8-}
I also wonder if there is any vertical exaggeration in the original image that would make the central mounts appear more profound (not uncommon to demonstrate morphology).
A ‘’fried egg’’ crater? Sounds more like a’’ scrambled’’one:-)
It would seem that the big crater happened sometime after the smaller feature.
The real key to why the fried egg effect, is whether the area was covered in water, as it is now.
Maybe we were not the higher life form?
A little red ‘X’?
The Moon has a very small iron core(in proportion to Earth). Mars also has a small core and it seems to be solid rather then molten. I expect that might explain the difference in appearance as an impact on Earth's crust would look more like a stone dropped into water (and frozen immediately) as opposed to a bullet fired into a rock surface.
Haven’t they been hunting an impact crater in the Azores for a long time?
Thanks for posting the photos. They show very clearly what happened. Fascinating.
six kilometers is not that big... not any where as big as the 241 KM diameter of the crater left from the event that is thought to have ended the reign of the dinosaurs...
Multiple lightning strikes...
I vaguely remember seeing the flash across the sky but I might be mistaken too.........I think I was caught up in trying to light a fire with some sticks.
hope you remembered sun block.
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