Researchers are trying to figure out exactly what happened to dinosaurs when the massive crater struck Earth that ultimately caused their demise. While the theory has existed for a long time, it has been a long-standing question about the circumstances that followed, which would have led to their demise. Ultimately, what scientists are going to try and learn is what actually happened, beyond the initial impact of the asteroid. The Chicxulub crater is what will be getting opened up to determine what might have caused the failing of an entire population of creatures – but it would stand to reason at this point that anything is possible.
One of the likely scenarios is that the climate was altered in such a way that the dinosaurs simply couldn’t survive any longer. However, scientists are trying to understand what would have happened in the process to create a situation where extinction would have been the only plausible scenario. Something to happen at that scale, in that short period of time – is ultimately what scientists are questioning.
Sean Gulick, of the University of Texas at Austin, who is a part of the team pointed out that, “The Chicxulub impact crater has been a remarkable scientific opportunity for the 20 years since it’s been discovered,” and he went on to say, “We think the peak ring is the record of the material that rebounded and splashed outward.” The ring they’re referring to is amongst the core that they will be pulling up to the surface when they dig down nearly 5,000 feet beneath the surface of the crater.
It will be a huge find for the team when they’re able to make this step and when they begin in the spring of 2016 – they will have set course to do something that hasn’t ever been done before, and something that will surely be noted in the history books for years to come. Interestingly though, this is something that could finally shed some much needed light on a time that was relatively uncertain for the issues that had arisen to this point in obtaining that information.