Scientists To Drill Ground Zero Of Dinosaur Extinction

Scientists To Drill Ground Zero Of Dinosaur Extinction
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For years scientists at the University of Texas have been planning an expedition to drill directly into Chicxulub crater, what many believe is “ground zero” for the mass extinction event 66 million years ago. Now, we are weeks away from drilling to determine what lies beneath the surface of an asteroid impact crater large enough to drive dinosaurs and most life on the planet to extinction. Scientists will analyze the chemistry, mineralogy, biology and physical mechanics of the rock within this massive crater to help understand how life came back from the extinction event. As a matter of scale, the asteroid that formed Chicxulub crater was at least 6 miles in diameter and left a crater on Earth more than 110 miles wide. …

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