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Scientists To Drill Into 'Ground Zero' of the Impact That Killed the Dinosaurs (sciencemag.org) 49

sciencehabit writes: This month, a drilling platform will rise in the Gulf of Mexico, but it won't be aiming for oil. Scientists will try to sink a diamond-tipped bit into the heart of Chicxulub crater — the buried remnant of the asteroid impact 66 million years ago that killed off the dinosaurs, along with most other life on the planet. They hope that the retrieved rock cores will contain clues to how life came back in the wake of the cataclysm, and whether the crater itself could have been a home for novel microbial life. And by drilling into a circular ridge inside the 180-kilometer-wide crater rim, scientists hope to settle ideas about how such 'peak rings,' hallmarks of the largest impact craters, take shape.
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Scientists To Drill Into 'Ground Zero' of the Impact That Killed the Dinosaurs

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  • by cirby ( 2599 ) on Saturday March 05, 2016 @06:13PM (#51645387)

    If the drill samples turn out to be a green or black sludge that seems to move by itself, toss it back down the hole and pour in a bunch of concrete.

    Everyone should know that by now.

  • by Anonymous Coward
    How do we know it wasn't an alien extremophile virus? Don't drill!
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by sumdumass ( 711423 )

      Alien extemophile virus?

      There might be signs of one around but after all this time, it would be a natural part of the evolutionary ecosystem (panspermia) by now. Anyways, the amount of energy involved in this blast site likely means anything hitching a ride down would have been taken out at the time of landing.

      But it would be interesting to see something with raw DNA that somewhat matches strings within existing DNA. It could show a direct link to a panspermia event.

    • We don't; that's why that DA needs access to the phone...
  • if they discover it's got a depleted uranium core
  • It seems there is a LOT more energy underground than can ever be accounted for by rotted biological products. I mean are we really driving around in our cars with dinosaurs "off gasses?" I feel a lot of the energy was slammed underground before it could explode and buried deep for our energy companies to rape us. Thanks Exxon
  • They gonna drill down there and put a parking fine under my wiper?

    • I wouldn't brag about that parking job. You burned off a huge chunk of your ship's iridium hull before plowing into the planet...
  • Surely more than a few science fiction novels have started like this.

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