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Old April 12 2014, 04:58 PM   #1
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asteroid huge in earth's history

This ancient asteroid allegedly created the Earth's crustal tectonic plates, 3.5 billion years ago!

http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2014/0...ped-our-world/
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Old April 12 2014, 06:00 PM   #2
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That looks to have been the largest since Theia...
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Old April 12 2014, 10:04 PM   #3
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Old April 13 2014, 01:16 PM   #4
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Re: asteroid huge in earth's history

Here's an interesting alternative to the Theia collision:


http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsyst...formation.html

In it, two large bodies collided, and the leftover debris became the Moon!
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Old April 14 2014, 02:15 AM   #5
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Here's an interesting alternative to the Theia collision:


http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsyst...formation.html

In it, two large bodies collided, and the leftover debris became the Moon!
Interesting theory Varek. The theory would explain the reason why there is not an atmosphere on the Moon given the fact if the Moon came from a collision with Earth then there should have been enough spin to keep the Moons core active an supporting life.

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A double planet would have been nice.
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