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Chicxulub Scientific Drilling Project

Project Acronym: CSDP | State: Completed | Expedition ID: 5032

Impact structures in the solar system are mainly recognized and explored through remote sensing, and on Earth through geophysical deep sounding. To date, a continuous scientific sampling of large impact craters from cover rocks to target material has only seldom been performed. The first project to deep-drill and core into one of the largest and well-preserved terrestrial impact structures was executed in the winter of 2001/2002 in the 65 Myr old Chicxulub crater in Mexico using integrated coring sampling and in-situ measurements.

Offshore Drilling: CSDP-2

Keywords: Central America, Mexico, Merida, Yaxcopoil, Yucatan, Chicxulub, Cretaceous/Tertiary Boundary, Impact Crater

Cores are stored at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Centro de Geociencias

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9 December 2001 - 22 February 2002

Full Proposal Approved

Preliminary Proposal Submitted