Glass bits, charcoal hint at 56-million-year-old space rock impact

Timing coincides with period of rapid warming perhaps sparked by comet

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BURNING UP  Bits of microscopic charcoal such as this were found along the U.S. Atlantic coast and imaged by an electron microscope. The presence of charcoal supports the idea that a large space rock hit Earth around 56 million years ago near the start of a bout of rapid warming, triggering wildfires.

 

M. Fung

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