EXPEDITION 364 - CHICXULUB K-Pg IMPACT CRATER

A JOINT IODP-ICDP MISSION SPECIFIC PLATFORM EXPEDITION

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Title: Chicxulub K-Pg Impact Crater

Summary: IODP Expedition 364, based on IODP Proposal 548-Full3 and Addendum 548-Add4, will address several questions related to large impact crater formation on Earth and other planets, and the effects of large impacts on the Earth's environment and ecology. The expedition target is the unique Chicxulub impact crater, Mexico, which is the only known terrestrial impact structure that has been directly linked to a mass extinction event (the K-Pg mass extinction). Of the three largest impact structures on Earth it is the best-preserved, and is the only terrestrial crater with a global ejecta layer. Additionally, it is the only known terrestrial impact structure with an unequivocal topographic "peak ring."

This expedition aims to drill and core into the Chicxulub impact structure to recover cores from, and above, the peak ring. In doing so, the expedition aims to address several questions, including: 1) what rocks comprise a topographic peak ring and how are peak rings formed; 2) how are rocks weakened during large impacts to allow them to collapse and form relatively wide, flat craters; 3) what caused the environmental changes that led to a mass extinction and what insights arise from biologic recovery in the Paleogene; and 4) what effect does a large impact have on the deep subsurface biosphere and can impacts generate habitats for chemosynthetic life?

The expedition will drill and core a single 1500 m deep borehole at site about 30km northwest of Progreso, Mexico, on the Yucatan shelf, Gulf of Mexico.

Primary Site: Chicx-03B
Objectives: 1) Constrain the formational processes and lithology of peak ring; 2) Investigate the deep biosphere; 3) Investigate post-impact recovery; 4) Sample the PETM.


Dates: Offshore phase: 5th April to 6th June 2016. Onshore Science Party: starts 21st September 2016 for a maximum of 4 weeks.

Port: Progreso, Mexico

Co-Chief Scientists: Prof. Joanna Morgan, Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London, UK.
Prof. Sean Gulick, Institute for Geophysics, the University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Expedition Project Manager: Claire Mellett

Petrophysics Contact: Johanna Lofi

Expedition Participants: See the full list of participants.

Drillship: L/B Myrtle

PUBLICATIONS

IODP Proposal 548-Full3
Addendum 548-Add4
Scientific Prospectus
Sampling and Measurements Plan

SHIP REPORTS

Ship Reports

ONSHORE SCIENCE PARTY (OSP)

September 21st 2016 for a maximum of 4 weeks at the IODP Bremen Core Repository, Germany.

PUBLIC INFORMATION

Media Pack