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On a Possible Giant Impact Origin for the Colorado Plateau

  title={On a Possible Giant Impact Origin for the Colorado Plateau},
  author={X. Zhang},
  journal={arXiv: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics},
  • X. Zhang
  • Published 2017
  • Geology, Physics
  • arXiv: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics
  • It is proposed and substantiated that an extraterrestrial object of the approximate size and mass of Planet Mars, impacting the Earth in grazing incidence along an approximately N-NE to S-SW route with respect to the current orientation of the North America continent, at about 750 million years ago (750 Ma), is likely to be the direct cause of a chain of events which led to the rifting of the Rodinia supercontinent and the severing of the foundation of the Colorado Plateau from its surrounding… CONTINUE READING

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