EEPS Seminar: David Kring, Lunar and Planetary Institute
Abstract Title: Expedition 364 to the Chicxulub Impact Crater: Probing Peak-Ring Basins and their Hydrothermal Systems
The ~180 km-diameter Chicxulub impact crater, located on the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, is famously linked to the extinction of dinosaurs and most other forms of life on Earth nearly 66 million years ago. The International Ocean Discovery Program and International Continental Scientific Drilling Program recently teamed up to drill into the crater to test models of how such large impact basins form and how the hydrothermal systems they harbor may have provided critical biological niches. While past attention has often been on the environmental calamity the Chicxulub impact produced during the first day of the Cenozoic, it is now recognized that the crater and the hydrothermal system it hosted may be proxies for the geological processes that shaped the Hadean and the earliest evolution of life on Earth.