Written by ARTHUR ZULU

Title: CAN ASTEROIDS DESTROY THE WORLD? Author: Arthur Zulu Contact Author: mailto: Copyright: Copyright © Arthur Zulu 2002 Word Count: 504 Web Address:

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By Arthur Zulu

“So, one day little Gulliver went to Brobdingnag,repparttar 127707 country of giants”;repparttar 127708 teacher was tellingrepparttar 127709 students. “Suddenly it began to rain and a huge hailstone struck him, and he disappeared torepparttar 127710 ground.” The children stared at their teacher in wonderment.” Each time he wanted to rise up,” continuedrepparttar 127711 teacher,” more hailstones sent him down. This continued till Glumdalclitch, his keeper discovered him and dug him out.” End of story. The relieved students laughed.

That ‘s not a laughing matter. For that scenario some say, will soon be a possibility forrepparttar 127712 earth and its inhabitants. That means that soon we and our children would be having to duck, not hailstones, but on-coming comets from outer space. But when Asteroids --repparttar 127713 giants ones, come calling, thenrepparttar 127714 play is over.

Dinosaurs know it is not a plaything when gigantic asteroids hitrepparttar 127715 earth. Of course they are not around now to tell usrepparttar 127716 story. Geologists are, however, on hand to point out huge craters dug by falling meteors. There is one in Arizona for sightseers.

Now, asteroids don’t just dig craters. The one that hit Tunguska, Siberia ignitedrepparttar 127717 forests and decimatedrepparttar 127718 wild life. But that’s just a tip ofrepparttar 127719 iceberg.

Let’s get on a more serious note. A suicidal asteroid could turnrepparttar 127720 earth to cinders minutes afterrepparttar 127721 blast. Or, knockrepparttar 127722 earth into several pieces leaving each part to orbit to oblivion. And a benevolent one could wipe out whole cities, or nations, or continents.

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