Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Associated Press: Scientists Dig into Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater

6/1/04 (found via Topix)
"CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) _ Geologists drilling half a mile below Virginia's Eastern Shore say they have uncovered more signs of a space rock's impact 35 million years ago."
With all the talk of Bedout and Chicxulub, it's good that they're looking at our very own impact crater (the 6th largest in the world). The USGS press release is here. According to a recent workshop proceedings report (PDF, text), they are drilling to study:
  • Crater Structure and Morphology
  • Crater Materials
  • Impact - Postimpact Transition and Postimpact Events
  • Modern Deep Biosphere

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