INTRODUCTION

   
INTRODUCTION


This book asserts the proposition that all major extinction events in the history of the planet are due to the effects of cosmic impacts.

This book also asserts the proposition that a rapidly moving (geologically speaking) Indian continent was created 65 million years ago (MYA) by the effects of a cosmic impact at Chicxulub in Mexico, which was on the opposite side of the world. Furthermore, this book posits the idea that some of the Indian continent was uplifted out of the blasted remains of the Australian continent's tail (Who knew that the Australian continent even had a tail?).

This book also says that the new Indian continent was created more than 4,000 miles away from the location where the Standard Theory says it was located. And the book creates a whole new mechanism for continental formation (including Siberia, Western Antarctica, Eastern North America, South America and India) , the formation and movement of hotspots, the reason for deep sea trenches, island arcs, etc., etc.


SKEPTICAL THINKING WELCOMED


Does this series of assertions sound a bit too incredible? How can the science of paleogeology have come up with so many propositions that need correction?

A skeptical reader may well wonder about the seriousness and the credibility of these new assertions. A skeptical reader may well wonder if this book is not just another unsubstantiated journey into the realm of fantasy, such as "Chariots of the Gods," "Worlds in Collision" or so many other sensational, but unrealistic, books.

I believe that this book will stand up to hard-nosed, skeptical analysis. Furthermore, I believe that within 5 to 20 years, the theories proposed in this book will have replaced the Standard Theory.

The first section of this book will develop a limited scope version of Ben's Antipodal Impact Theory based upon solid scientific evidence and statistical analysis.

The second section of this book will present extensions of this theory, as well as likely scenarios of how this theory actually worked in the past. This section will seek to explain in detail the major mass extinctions and continental plate formations of the past 250 million years.