Geologists to drill deep into Chicxulub crater in Mexico to study dinosaur extinction

April 14, 2015 11:53 AM

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An international team of researchers led by a UT associate professor will drill a 5,000 feet hole into the sprawling Chicxulub crater, believed to have been created by an asteroid impact 65.5 million years ago. The massive collision of the heavenly body with our own planet is also believed to be responsible for the wiping out dinosaurs besides three quarters of all life on earth.

Associate research professor Sean Gulick, who will co-lead the project, says the goal of the expedition is to recover a cross section of earth from the center of the Chicxulub crater in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

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