Impact Earth: Asteroids, Comets and Meteoroids: The Growing Threat

Atkinson, Austen

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Synopsis: Had asteroid 1996 JA1 continued on its projected course, its impact with the Earth would have devastated the surface of the planet with an explosive release of energy five times more powerful than the sum of the world's nuclear arsenal. This asteroid, the size of a football stadium, was only detected five days before the date of impact. No one was prepared, and nothing could be done to prevent it. The world's powers watched the asteroid's approach, unable to prevent the impending catastrophe. At the last moment, the trajectory of a 1996 JA1 carried it away from our planet with only hours to spare. We were lucky... this time.Austen Atkinson's investigation into the impact phenomenon has led to fascinating revelations, which include the importance of "Deathrock' collisions in the history of humankind, and the uncovering of a trail of evidence that exposes an international conspiracy to conceal the danger of impacts on the Earth and its people.

Review: Over the past decade, the United States' nuclear-detection system and spy satellites have registered 250 atomic-bomb-sized detonations on and about our planet. Why were we not told? Well, we were, now and again, when someone felt like mentioning it, and when the world's media, starved of other news, could be bothered to run the story. Why were these explosions not newsworthy? Because they come not from the arsenals of hostile states, but from comets and asteroids impacting with the Earth's atmosphere.

We assume these events are rare. They are not. Their time-averaged death toll equals that of earthquakes and major floods. We assume these impacts rarely affect our lives. Author Austen Atkinson convincingly demonstrates that meteor and asteroid strikes have, and will again, skew human history in spectacular and terrible ways.

Impacts from objects no bigger than a baseball can, under the right conditions, wipe out cities. There is nothing we can do about them, as such objects are too small to be detected. On the other hand, bigger objects--the planet killers of films like Deep Impact and Armageddon--can be detected, and diverted, with existing technology but only if there is the global will to act accordingly. Impact Earth is a call to political arms as well as a work of popular science. It is deliberately sensationalist, and entirely serious. Atkinson, like many of the distinguished observers and scientists he quotes, is attempting to put cosmic debris strikes on the world political agenda. He is entitled to be loud. --Simon Ings, Amazon.co.uk

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Title: Impact Earth: Asteroids, Comets and ...
Publisher: Virgin Publishing
Publication Date: 2000
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