Asteroid impact in the black sea; a black scenario

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Abstract

Discussions of the consequences of an impact of an extraterrestrial body in a particular region often focus only on very large asteroids, neglecting many phenomena attributable to small asteroid impacts. For impacts at sea it is normally the beach run up of impact-generated waves, which attracts most interest. Here, however, the vulnerability of the Black Sea region (comprised of Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Turkey, and Bulgaria) will be examined, if it becomes subject to toxic and flammable gases that may someday be emitted by a catastrophically overturned Black Sea as a consequence of the impact of a medium-sized asteroid.