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Digital Subscriptions > Skeptical Inquirer > March/April 2019 > Crater Discovery Story Flawed by Premature Link to Speculative Impact Hypothesis

Crater Discovery Story Flawed by Premature Link to Speculative Impact Hypothesis

On November 14, 2018, science journalist Paul Voosen reported in the elite journal Science on the discovery of a possible impact crater under Greenland’s ice sheet. The next day on Twitter he described his effort to break the story after learning about it more than a year earlier. But the scientists had chosen to remain silent until they got a paper through peer review and published in the AAAS journal Science Advances, which has very strict embargo rules.

A visualization of the Hiawatha crater beneath the northwestern Greenland ice cap derived from satellite imagery and radar. Credit: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio,
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