posted on Aug, 16 2011 @ 02:52 PM
An oceanic impact has more long term effects, than a continental impact.
Since the continents are much thicker than oceanic crust,in a continental impact most of the energy is reflected back into space via the ejecta plume,
whereas in an oceanic impact most of the energy is absorbed by the earth itself.
The energy is transformed into siesmic waves that are focused around the core and try to erupt out on the opposite side of the earth, forming a magma
plume or hot spot.
The resulting magma plume may take some time to work its way to the surface but it eventually will, as it did in the case of the deccan traps, the
large igneous province eruption that follwed the chixilub impact.
The resulting eruptions may last for tens of thousands or even millions of years before subsiding.
Also the water vapor released into the atmosphere from an oceanic event would also cause the atmosphere to retain the released heat for a much longer
time than would a continental strike.
Also a strike by a comet will always be more devastaing than an asteroid as a comet is moving at a much greater speed than an asteroid, 15kms vs 51
kps(kilometers/second), and the energy released follows the this equation E=1/2mass * Velocity^2, so the additional energy is increased by the square
of the difference of the velocitys.
Once an object gets to a certain size or speed it really doesnt matter where it hits it will suck for everyone.