Scientists are about to drill into the dinosaur-killing impact crater for the first time

Reply Mon 7 Mar, 2016 09:56 pm
Roughly 66 million years ago, a 9-km-wide asteroid slammed into Mexico's Yucat√°n Peninsula, starting a series of unfortunate events that ultimately led to the extinction of the dinosaurs. It was a turning point for our planet, but until now, scientists have never been able to analyse the impact crater or the buried remains of the asteroid - mostly because the region is so tightly controlled by the oil industry.

But a team of researchers led by the University of Texas at Austin has finally received permission to set up a drilling platform above the crater, and at the start of next month they'll drill deep below the seafloor and into the Chicxulub crater for the first time. They hope what they'll find will help them put together the missing pieces that explain what happened after the asteroid hit.
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Reply Wed 9 Mar, 2016 03:43 pm
It's a bit unfortunate that the dinosaurs were all gathered in the same place. You'd have thought at least one might have got out of the way. There should be a lot of skellingtons though.
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