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The base of the Exmore beds was not recovered at any site, however, so its maximum thickness could not be precisely determined. The area between the four core sites was enormous, more than 2,000 square miles, and the Exmore beds seemed to be distributed over the entire area. Combined with the 52 non-cored sites where Cederstrom had reported the Mattaponi, the Exmore beds covered an additional 1,000 square miles—a total area the size of Connecticut. Nothing remotely resembling these astonishing cores had ever before been observed in the Virginia Coastal Plain, or at any other location along the East Coast.
Geologists call this condition inverted stratigraphy. The floor of the crater may be an irregular, blocky surface, honeycombed with faults and fractures. Complex craters are generally much larger than simple craters, implying significantly larger meteorites. Diameters of complex craters range from six miles to several hundred miles. Also, the diameters are generally a hundred times greater than the depths of excavation (the vertical distance from the crater rim to the crater floor). The outer rim may or may not be raised.
Among the foraminifera, both planktonic and benthic species were equally well represented. Most important, we discovered that the microfossil assemblages were wildly disarranged. There was no orderly upward succession 26 • Microfossil Magic from oldest to youngest species. Instead, some extraordinarily powerful mechanism had ripped the clasts from their original formations, jumbled them together randomly within the sandy matrix, and then redeposited them collectively as a single massive layer over an area the size of Connecticut.
A general theory of elastic stability by J M T Thompson; G W Hunt