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A big impact on climate
03-14-2011, 09:35 PM
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A big impact on climate
Australian National University

Spring 2010


Examining a new asteroid crater found in the Timor Sea

As new land-based oil deposits become increasingly scarce, oil companies have turned to the seabed in search of new reserves. The drilling and seismic surveying often find oil, but occasionally they turn up something far more interesting, at least from a scientific perspective.

This was exactly what happened when oil company geologist Dariusz Jablonski of Finder Exploration was conducting seismic surveys in areas straddling the Ashmore Platform and Browse Basin north of Australia. His results led him to suspect the existence of a large impact feature so Dariusz contacted Dr Andrew Glikson at ANU who is a specialist in the study of extraterrestrial impacts. Dr Glikson was asked to study cuttings from the Mount Ashmore-1B well and investigate whether there was indeed evidence for an ancient impact structure.


It is our attitude toward free thought and free expression that will determine our fate. There must be no limit on the range of temperate discussion, no limits on thought. No subject must be taboo. No censor must preside at our assemblies.

–William O. Douglas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1952
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