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Armageddon - The Wrong Planet
At the intro of the movie when an asteroid is heading towards the planet, the narrator says it's when the dinosaurs roamed the earth (65 million years ago). However, if you watch closely at where the meteor lands, it lands somewhere near the Gulf of Mexico.
It is widely accepted that 65 million years ago, these continents would not be like they are today, perhaps more of one big clump of land. The earth portrayed in this intro however is the earth as it is today. Ooops.. where was NASA on this one?
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MemoryLapse writes:
It is widely accepted that the comet that killed the dinosaurs impacted in an area just off the Yucatan Peninsula, not that it formed the Gulf of Mexico...that was already there. A geologist named Glen Penfield was on assignment for a Mexican petroleum company, looking for oil deposits. His first step was an aerial survey to measure faint variations in the earth's magnetic field, which would signal the presence of oil. But instead of oil, Penfield found a symmetrical ring of highly magnetic material more than a hundred miles across. Buried a mile beneath the surface of the Yucatan, it was dated to sixty-five million years. (The same time the largest mass extinction ever recorded in the history of palentology took place...) Sixty five million years ago, the Yucatan Peninsula did exist, however, I don't know if the South American continent had yet made contact with the North and Central American continent.
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Helix writes:
Ok, a few comments: 1) Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics are essentially the same theory...its semantics. The Plate Tectonics theory states that large areas of the earth's crust called plates drift on the magma below. The continents sit on these plates in fixed positions, so if the plates move, so do the continents. 2) Yes, Continental Drift HAS been proven, as much as anything can be scientifically proven. Using lasers to measure distances to extremely over-exact standards, the continents have been shown to be moving at an extremely slow an inch a year. 3) There is nothing PROVEN as to the comet that supposedly struck near the Yucatan Peninsula (you PROVE an event that happened millions of years ago...all we have is evidence). But the meteorite (the correct name for any object that passes through earth's atmosphere and strikes the earth's surface) struck NORTH of the Yucatan, and what is now the Gulf of Mexico is the crater of the impact. 4) The continents 65 million years ago are thought to have been in a large landmass called Pangaea (sp?). While the exact position of the continents are not known, they are accepted to have been extremely close together at that time, most likely in one large land mass. So the crater likely struck a landlocked area in an amazingly huge continent. Whether or not the "Gulf of Mexico" filled in at that time or later on, after separation cannot be known, but the landmasses *were* close together, so the view of the impact *should* have shown Pangaea. *BUT* consider yourself in the production studio's shoes...portray the scientifically accepted landmass which many Americans, in their own wallowing stupidity, do not recognize, or portray a recognizable landmass which more people will recognize?
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universaltigger writes:
Well, it's widely accepted within the comet theory that the gulf of Mexico was caused BY said comet. So how could it be there with the comet inbound?
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Brandy writes:
OK, everyone who answered this about how different it SHOULD have been in the beginning of the movie, think about it for one moment. Sure, the planet was completely transformed since the time they were referring to, yes. But, when they fade in they are talking about how it WILL happen again. Which makes you really see that the comet or meteor or whatever it is is just a dramatization of what is to come, should the comet make impact. Get it? It is a view of now and it is following the path of the meteor that is about to collide with our great and wonderful planet. See? If you would have paid more attention, you would have understood.
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Spyder writes:
I always thought the theroy of Continental Drift was just a therory, and was never proven.
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Deia_jazz writes:
Ok Egg heads stop trying to be smarter than each other simple answer is needed , Whould Earth have looked the way it did in that shot of the movie when the comet,asteroid,M&M, Skittle hit and killed the dinosours. thats all we want to know we dont care how smart you people are with your books is it right or is it wrong
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Michelle writes:
The Continental Drift theory was never proved, but there is two new names for this that has been proven and widely excepted.. "Sea-floor Spreading", and "Plate Techtonics" So, the continents very well could have been in different spots.
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Flambore writes:
dNaeXmoSn - The earth moves around the sun, as all planets do. This IS proven quite easily by the position of the planets during different times of the year. If you ever followed the path of Venus while it is visible in early evening (Sunset) the same time each day, it does not circle us like the outer planets. It comes from the West, then goes back West, over the period of a few months proving it has a closer orbit to the Sun than Earth. Mercury follows this same pattern, but its orbit is so close to the sun, you barely get a chance to see it for more than a few weeks, and that is RIGHT at the horizon after sundown. If you follow the path of Mars, Saturn and Jupiter in the fall, they start from east and slowly, over several months (at the same time each night) move their way west. The same applies to Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, but without a sky chart you won't be able to decipher whether they are planets or stars. The inner 5 planets (not counting Earth) are very easy to pick out with the naked eye. This tells us that Venus and Mercury are in a circular orbit inside ours, and the other planets are in a circular orbit outside ours. Following the positions of the constellations during different times of the year are another giveaway that we are circling the sun. Complicated, but it makes sense if you follow astronomy.
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