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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Asteroid Once Struck the Heart of Appalachia

The eastern Kentucky town of Middlesboro, as planetary scientists now tell us, is a geological 4-mile wide crater resulting from an asteroid impact some 200-to-300 million years ago with the impact center on the country club site in the heart of the Appalachian mountain community in the Cumberland Gap where Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky come together.

Greater knowledge of the meteor impact has only come to light in recent years through the efforts of Kentucky geologists and planetary scientists from around the world. Just this past spring, the British Broadcasting Corporation featured renowned particle physicist Brian Cox telling English TV-watchers of "the Middlesboro Crater" and the many global dangers associated with thousands of similar asteroids now roaming space.

The Middlesboro Crater is a result of an asteroid-turned-meteor colliding with Earth's upper atmosphere on a trajectory into the Central Appalachian Mountains from a location somewhere near the planet Jupiter. It all happened millions of years before man arrived on Earth with satellite and aerial imagery now confirming the massive crater.

The meteor would have been more than 1,500 feet in diameter and upon impact, it would have created a ground impact crater zone nearly four miles in diameter and exactly where the town of Middlesboro is today.

From these theoretical mathematical impact measurements, the immediate environmental impacts may be calculated as understanding of the event grows from geologic and cosmic evidence while adding a cosmic dimension to Central Appalachian Mountain natural history. Update: The Kingsport Times News, June 5, 2010.


Graham said...

How do they know that it came from near Jupiter? Wouldn't they need to know the exact month to know which planet it came from? The planets are moving around all the time in their orbits. They would also need to take into account the rotation of the Earth. I'm clearly missing something here.
Interesting discovery, though.

JackKennedy said...

Hi Graham, Your point is well taken. The theory advanced by Dr. Brain Cox is the gravitational influence that giant planet has on asteroid objects - especially 200 to 300 million years ago - would provide high probability.

The Middlesboro Crater caught my interest since I reside less than 100-miles from the impact site; and, my having visited Meteor Crater, Arizona a couple of times.