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TITLE Response of the Earth System to Impact Processes (IMPACT)   impact.pdf (125.5 KB)
Document ID LIB258
Document type Scientific article
Issue date 01/03/1999
Original language of the document English
Document produced by European Science Foundation
Scientific domains
Policy domains
  • Environment
  • Science and Research


Short description  The ESF IMPACT programme aims at understanding the effects of asteroid and/or comet impacts on the development and evolution of the Earth. The programme is broadly interdisciplinary, gathering scientists from fields covering the whole realm of the Earth, Life, and Environmental Sciences. Impact is a key and common process in the solar system. In July 1994, the crash of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 on planet Jupiter provided a “live” demonstration that the universe is indeed a violent place.
Astronomers and planetary scientists are familiar with such catastrophic events.

Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  Astronomers and planetary scientists are familiar with such catastrophic events.
They have documented the major role impacts play in shaping the surface of solid planets; the latest formation theory for the Moon indicates that it is the result of the collision of a Mars-size object with Early Earth. However, perhaps because of its catastrophic nature, geoscientists have in their majority been slo ...

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