Soft Matter under Exogenic Impacts

Volume 242 of the series NATO Science Series II: Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry pp 2-8

Asteroid impact in the black sea; a black scenario

  • Roelof Dirk SchuilingAffiliated withUtrecht University
  • , Richard B. CathcartAffiliated withGeographos
  • , Viorel BadescuAffiliated withCandida Oancea Institute of Solar Energy, Polytechnic University of Bucharest

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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.


Black Sea asteroid impact overturn hydrogen sulfide immobilization of metals