ACOM scientists use CESM to model asteroid impact

Tremendous amounts of soot, lofted into the air from global wildfires following a massive asteroid strike 66 million years ago, would have plunged Earth into darkness for nearly two years, new research finds. This would have shut down photosynthesis, drastically cooled the planet, and contributed to the mass extinction that marked the end of the age of dinosaurs.

The news article by NCAR science writer Laura Snider highlights recent work by ACOM scientists Charles Bardeen, Rolando Garcia, and Andrew Conley.

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https://www2.ucar.edu/atmosnews/news/128593/dino-killing-asteroid-could-have-thrust-earth-two-years-darkness
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An illustration of an asteroid impacting earth. (Credit: NASA)

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