There have been speculations that there was at a point in time when a large asteroid must’ve caused the extinction of dinosaurs and probably other forms of life when it smacked into the What’s now the Gulf of Mexico about 65.5 million years ago. The mystery that followed the crash was unknown but results might be unveiled this spring though.
A scientific expedition will start drilling into the Gulf’s Chucxub impact crater so as to study how life actually recovered despite the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous period. All the team will be looking for are DNA samples, microfossils and rick type changes at different geologic layers to gauge the effect of the impact and then how lifeforms carried on in the hostile post-impact situation. Something which had always been the point of questioning by scientists and other nature observers.
Such a drill might need to reach about 2,600ft or 5,000ft deep. So if there was success, then the hopes lies at locating the signs of the peak ring or at least inner lip of the crater. The data wouldn’t only verify existing impact models but show whether or not the ring was a prime breeding ground for microbes that probably helped regain or reform life to the region.
If so, it would suggest that the first organisms to come back thrived on the iron and sulfur deposited in the area, not the usual life-giving elements.
This drilling will go on for about 2 months and it’s a quiet risky process since there would be no second chance if the operation go awry partway down.
Should it succeed, though, it’ll help fill a gap in Earth’s history and illustrate just how persistent life can be despite seemingly insurmountable odds.