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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Astrophysicist spoke about the collision of Earth with another planet

During the existence of Land areas of land kept moving, dividing, re-uniting. It is believed that one of the supercontinents that emerged as a result of this process was Rodinia, which appeared approximately 1.1 billion years ago and lasted 350 million years. American astrophysicist Shaolei Zhang of George Mason University suggested that the breakup of the supercontinent could be provoked by the collision of the Earth with the so-called planet traveler.

Wandering the planet in their characteristics do not differ from the planets “normal” and sometimes even have their own satellites, but they are not orbiting any star. In all likelihood, all these cosmic bodies were once ordinary planets orbiting their stars, but certain events went down this orbit and went to “free floating” in space.

Today it is believed that most planets are “supersense” that is markedly superior to the size of earth-like planets in the Solar system, but even more inferior to the gas giants. However, according to astrophysics, about 750 million years ago in the Solar system “stayed” relatively small planet of mass comparable to Mars.

According to research, a wandering planet struck the Earth. The blow fell on the Colorado plateau, the territory which today are the States of Arizona, Utah, Colorado and new Mexico. This, according to the assumption of Zhang, could lead to the breakup of a single landmass, which at that time was Rodinia, on several continents, subsequently re-United.

Rodinia is considered to be not the only supercontinent in Earth’s history. It is assumed that it existed “single” plots of land called Kenorland and Noona, and after — Pannotia and Pangaea. In the distant future, the now existing continents, most likely, will unite again.

A research specialist was sent for publication in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

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