Holy Hit!

This is one of my favourite blogs… one I wrote over a year ago and one that has subsequently been lost in the long list of blogs written since. It deserves to be aired much like one’s dirty underwear. Enjoy!

Wander Woman Thea

If you’ve seen the movies Deep Impact, Armageddon, Asteroid or The Land Before Time, chances are you’ve entertained the idea: what would I do if a meteor was on a collision course with Earth? What would happen? Would NASA send out a space shuttle to intercept the galactic gate-crasher? Could Iran be coaxed into donating its alleged caches of nuclear warheads to the task of obliterating the Earth-bound asteroid? What’s the post-apocalyptic weather like? Will you need to pack an extra jersey?

All of these are important questions. But not all meteorite strikes need to result in global catastrophe, although the dinosaurs would beg to differ. Some are actually responsible for sculpting some of the most beautiful landscapes and fascinating geological features here on our planet and on every planet.

Meteors, Meteorites, Meteoroids, Asteroids, Comets, Shooting Stars… What’s the Difference?

There are more names for space-travelling rocks…

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Author: Thea Beckman

Canadian born and South African raised, Thea Beckman AKA Wander Woman Thea, is an experienced travel, food, and wine writer and (amateur) photographer with a devastating love of all of the above. She is a travel bug, a bookworm, and mildly alarmed by how many arthropods she can be at once. When she’s not writing for a living and for pleasure, she enjoys bird-watching, reading, drinking wine, cooking, and SHORT walks on the beach because the summer southeasterly winds in Cape Town are a real bitch. Thea is the author of the book “Why? Because Science!” Facebook @WanderWomanThea Instagram @wander_woman_thea

3 thoughts on “Holy Hit!”

  1. Refreshing to read again. When I was a student, all those decades ago, the Vredefort Dome wasn’t tagged as an impact zone and I wondered about it at the time. Looking at its cross-section it’s hard to think of any other explanation. Earth Science has made great strides since then!


  2. Great read! I briefly caught part of an educational show on the idiot box about a hit in upper South America. Scientists we’re noticing sink holes in a circular pattern.. forgive me, I’m reading this on my phone with no references avail… 😦 But, very interesting theories going on about how the sinkholes were formed. Thanks again for your interesting posts!!


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