Astronomers have speculated that without Jupiter to
mop up potential impactors, extinction events might have been more frequent on Earth, and complex life might not have been able to develop.
Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9
But without enough force on the ground to
mop up the remaining defenders, the exit could not be opened.
mopping up operations that followed, patrols by Australian troops tracked down and killed a number of Japanese troops that attempted to trek overland to Buna.
Battle of Milne Bay
Patrick Bates of Kilo Company was shot by a Japanese sniper on 14 December during a
mopping up operation on Guam (three months after the formal end of hostilities).
3rd Battalion 3rd Marines
The 8th Infantry Brigade now began to
mop up the area.
Battle of Sio
The Mam army advanced across the plain in battle formation and was met by a Spanish cavalry charge that threw them into disarray, with the infantry
mopping up those Mam that survived the cavalry.
Spanish conquest of Guatemala
The purpose of these operations was to
mop up the scattered groups of Japanese troops east of the Matanikau and to keep the main body of Japanese soldiers off-balance to prevent them from consolidating their positions so close to the main Marine defenses at Lunga Point.
Watching from Moscow, Catherine II of Russia was willing to
mop up the spoils of war for her own empire, but did not want to get involved in another costly European conflict.
War of the Bavarian Succession