PTE听力口语-科学60秒:Impacts cause volcanic eruptions

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This is Scientific American — 60-Second Science. I’mJulia Rosen.

Other rocky planets in our solar system show acommon feature: within giant craters caused byimpacts there’s evidence of volcanic activity. Which made scientists wondercan big impactsactually cause volcanic eruptions? And has thatscenario ever happened here? To find out, scientists went to one of the few massive craters onEarth not erased by plate tectonics: the Sudbury crater in Canada.
Sudbury is a 1.85-billionyearold impact structure.”
Teresa Ubide, a geochemist at the University of Queensland in Australia.
Sudbury was generated when a bolide of 10 to 15 kilometers in diameter hit Earthand whathappened was it obviously generated a large basin and also it melted thecrust on top of theEarth at that time. And generated a massive melt pool, 2.5 kilometers in depth.”
But Ubide and her colleagues found that the impact did more than that: it also seems to havetriggered eruptions of magma that came from deep in the mantle. The evidence lies in the factthat the chemistry of the lava that erupted at Sudbury changed over time. At first, it matchedthe surface rocks, suggesting it was just from local melting. But as the eruptions continued, thelava appeared to come from deep in the mantle, suggesting the impact stirred things upinside the Earth.

No one knows yet exactly how the impact could have sparked a prolonged episode ofvolcanism. One possible explanation is that after the object smashed into the surface, thecrust would have rebounded upward, temporarily decompressing the mostly solid mantle andcausing it to melt and produce magma. The results are in the Journal of GeophysicalResearch: Planets.
It’s hard to know if the same thing happened on other planets, Ubide says. In many spots inthe solar system it looks like volcanism happened much longer after the impact than what shesaw at Sudbury. But without material to examine directly, we can’t be sure.
Nevertheless, these results do help explain a mysterious chapter in Earth’s own history. Mostmajor impacts on our planet happened about four billion years ago, when the solar system wasstill settling down. But there’s no crust around from that time, suggesting the entire planetgot a makeover soon after.
We’re suggesting that impacts are able to not only generate the crater, but also, generatemelting deeper, say, in the mantle, and bring to the surface material from depth. So actually, recycle and resurface.”
It seems the pummeling that Earth endured in the beginning may have triggered volcanicactivity that helped wipe away the evidence of those very impacts. In other words, ourplanet took a beating that may have accelerated its own recovery.

Thanks for listening for Scientific American — 60-Second Science Science. I’m Julia Rosen.

 

 

 

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