Scientists will now drill into ground zero, The Famous Chicxulub Crater caused by the asteroid impact that wiped out dinosaurs from earth
Did you know how the dinosaurs went extinct? If you assumed it was an asteroid impact, then you are correct. There is a “Ground Zero” of evolution. In the Gulf of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula lies a gigantic depression in the Earth’s surface called the famous Chicxulub crater, which was caused by the impact of a large asteroid 66 million years ago. The impact obliterated the dinosaurs and possibly 70% of life on earth.
This month geologists are going to drive a huge diamond drill into the core of the crater to try and acquire rock samples from the outer and inner core of the structure. Research on the samples will provide valuable clues on the resurgence of life again on our planet and whether the crater was also a host for new microbial life.
1 The Chicxulub Crater Is One of Its Kind on Earth
The 180 km wide famous Chicxulub crater is one of its kind, featuring a peak ring caused by the impact. It is the only source of peak ring research according to Texas University geophysicist Sean Gulick, one of the chief researchers on the $10 million project. The drilling, using a diamond tipped drill will commence in the last week of March in an area 30 km off the Mexican port of Progreso. The crater lies 17 meters deep in the sea bed. The drill will drive through limestone deposits that have accumulated in layers measuring 500meters above the crater surface.