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Probing the Impact-generated Hydrothermal System in the Chicxulub Crater and Implications for the Early Evolution of Life on Earth

08.05.2017, 11:00
MARUM Seminar
Seminarraum 2070


Dr. David Kring

(Universities Space Research Association, USA)

One of the objectives of IODP-ICDP Expedition 364 to the Chicxulub impact crater was to test models of impact-generated hydrothermal systems.  Initial results indicate there was a vigorous, long-lived hydrothermal system at the crater.  Mineral assemblages track the evolution of the system from sterilizing high temperatures to those suitable for hyperthermophilic and thermophilic organisms.  The Chicxulub system is a proxy for impact-generated hydrothermal systems produced during a Hadean epoch of impact bombardment and support an impact-origin of life hypothesis.


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