The Big Splash (book)

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The Big Splash ...
The Big Splash book.jpg
Hardcover edition
Author Louis A. Frank
Patrick Huyghe
Country United States
Language English
Subject Astronomy
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Birch Lane Press
Carol Publishing Group
Publication date
October 1990
Media type Print, e-book
ISBN 1-55972-033-6
OCLC 22109729
550 20
LC Class QB631 .F68 1990

The Big Splash (subtitled A Scientific Discovery That Revolutionizes the Way We View the Origin of Life, the Water We Drink, the Death of the Dinosaurs, the Creation of the Oceans, the Nature of the Cosmos, and the Very Future of the Earth Itself) is a 1990 book written by Louis A. Frank with Patrick Huyghe.[1] In the book, Frank claims to have found scientific evidence that every year, millions of small comets (made of ice and water) strike the Earth's atmosphere, and that these comets created Earth's lakes, rivers and oceans.

While many scientists disputed Frank's hypothesis, he continued to argue that there are tests which can be performed which would either rule it out or confirm it.[2]


Louis A. Frank was a Carver/James A. Van Allen Professor of Physics at The University of Iowa, and principal investigator for the auroral imaging instruments for NASA's Dynamics Explorer mission.[3][4]

Patrick Huyghe is a science writer.[5]


  1. ^ "The Big Splash". Patrick Huyghe. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
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  3. ^ "Louis A. Frank, Ph.D.". Department of Physics and Astronomy. University of Iowa. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 
  4. ^ "Who's Who". Small Comets. University of Iowa. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 
  5. ^ "About Patrick Huyghe". Patrick Huyghe. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 

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