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Scientists to Dig Deep into Dino-Killing Impact Crater

An artist’s impression of the Chicxulub asteroid impacting the Yucatan Peninsula as pterodactyls fly in the sky above. Painting by Donald E. Davis
An artist’s impression of the Chicxulub asteroid impacting the Yucatan Peninsula as pterodactyls fly in the sky above. Painting by Donald E. Davis

The catastrophic asteroid crash blamed for the demise of the dinosaurs also left a gaping scar in the Earth. That sprawling crater made 65.5 million years ago may hold the answers to many mysteries surrounding the space-rock event.

Now, scientists plan to drill 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) below the surface of the Chicxulub crater in Mexico to bring up a giant core — and delve 10 million to 15 million years into the past. The endeavor would result in the first offshore core taken from near the center of the crater, which is named for a nearby seaside village located on the Yucatán Peninsula.

 

 

 

 

 

The Christian Science Monitor, April 12, 2015

The Austin American Statesman, April 12, 2015

Discovery News, April 12, 2015

Livescience, April 8,2015

redOrbit, April 7, 2015

The Texas Standard, April 7, 2015

 The Daily Mail, April 13, 2015

Gizmodo, April 14,2015

Forbes, March, 17, 2016

Featuring: Sean Gulick, Research Association Professor, Institute for Geophysics and Department of Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences