Scientists have discovered a vast, ancient meteorite crater in southern Alberta. According to geologists the huge asteroid crashed near what is now the hamlet of Bow City, near Brooks, Alberta between 50 million and 70 million years ago. Based on the size of the impact (two and a half kilometres deep and eight kilometres wide), this space debris was about the size of an apartment block.

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New huge asteroid impact crater found in southern Alberta. Image: Handout/ Canadian Press

So luckily for mankind, witnesses to the massive meteorite strike 200 km southeast of Calgary were limited to late-era dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurs Rex, or to early Cenozoic mammals. It’s good timing for humans, because anything within a couple hundred kilometres or so — including Calgary — would have been cooked alive in a blast 200 times stronger than the most powerful nuclear device ever detonated. Scientists calculated that the blast would have been 200 times stronger than the most powerful nuclear device ever detonated.

As reported by Doug Schmitt, Canada Research Chair in Rock Physics at the University of Alberta:

If it happened today, Calgary would be completely fried and in Edmonton, every window would have been blown out!

This would mean that my mother, who was born in Calgary, would not be there and consequently, I would not be present to report you these amazing news. This would be terribly sad, no?

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