Chicxulub crater. The Chicxulub crater ( /ˈtʃiːkʃʊluːb/; Mayan: [tʃʼikʃuluɓ]) is an impact crater buried underneath the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. Its center is located near the town of Chicxulub, after which the crater is named. It was formed by a large asteroid or comet about 10 to 15 kilometres (6.2 to 9.3 miles) in diameter,
As its name suggests, the central theme of the Chicxulub Crater Science Museum will be the massive crater that was formed on the Yucatán Peninsula when a large asteroid known as the Chicxulub
The Chicxulub crater on the Yucatan peninsula is believed to be the most likely site of the asteroid impact responsible for the demise of the dinosaurs. The crater measures between 180 and 240 kilometres across, indicating an impactor of colossal size, the biggest impact confirmed on Earth.
By Eric HandNov. 17, 2016 , 2:00 PM. UPDATE: Today, scientists published their first results from a drilling expedition into Chicxulub crater, the buried remnants of an asteroid impact off the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico that killed off the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.
Nov 18, 2016 · Some 66 million years ago an asteroid crashed into the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, triggering the extinction event that obliterated the dinosaurs and nearly extinguished all life on Earth. It struck with the same energy as 100 million atomic bombs, and left behind a 100-mile-wide scar known today as the Chicxulub crater.
“Once the crater at Chicxulub was recognized for what it was, it became the smoking gun for the idea that an extraterrestrial impact caused the mass extinction,” Gulick told SPACE.com. [Asteroid
Discovering the Impact Site. The field work that catalyzed the discovery of the Chicxulub crater occurred in Haiti, on the southern peninsula of the island of Hispaniola, where previously, Florentin Maurrasse had located the K-T boundary. There, thick deposits of impact …
Nov 09, 2017 · Leer en español. Dinosaurs reigned supreme for more than 160 million years. Their dynasty came to a cataclysmic close 66 million years ago when an asteroid crashed into the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico at a site now known as the Chicxulub crater, paving the way for mammals — and eventually humans — to inherit the Earth.
The Chicxulub Crater. Chicxulub Crater is an ancient impact crater buried underneath the Yucatan peninsula, with its center located approximately underneath the town of Chicxulub, Yucatán, Mexico. Later investigations suggested that this impact structure is dated from the late Cretaceous, about 65 million years ago.
Dinosaur asteroid hit ‘worst possible place’. Rock cores from up to 1,300m beneath the Gulf were recovered. The lowest sections of this material come from a feature within the crater called the peak ring. This is made from rock that has been heavily fractured and altered by immense pressures.
Geologists are to spend two months drilling 4,921 feet beneath the ocean floor of the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula to obtain rock samples from the enormous asteroid crater.
Pre-human. The Yucatán Peninsula is the site of the Chicxulub crater impact, which was created 66 million years ago by an asteroid of about 10 to 15 kilometres (6 to 9 miles) in diameter at the end of the Cretaceous Period.