Coming and going

Gail Christeson – Geophysicist

During our drilling project we need scientists to give us dates on the carbonate rocks, so that we know when we’re close to the impact boundary; scientists to look at the impact rocks; scientists to sample for microbiology and DNA; scientists to decipher the types of core we’ve recovered; scientists to make measurements on all the core; scientists to conduct down-hole logging.

How do we manage all this with a limited number of berths available?

Fortunately, we’re close enough to shore (about an hour-long boat ride) that we can change out the science party as we go along. Our Expedition Project Managers have a complicated spreadsheet of everyone’s comings and goings, ensuring that there is space for all with appropriate male and female cabins. Tuesday was my turn, as I had to catch the weekly supply boat to make sure that I was in Merida in time for my flight. It was sad to leave in the middle of the project, but it will be that much more exciting when I see the new cores this fall when all members of our science team get together for several weeks to fully examine the cores.

Good bye Team Chicxulub!

 

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One thought on “Coming and going

  1. I had my 7th graders do an activity called “The Day the Mesozoic Died” where we watched a video about the discovery of the impact event and mapped the location of the crater. I just came across a post about the project to drill and core the rim. It’s a great follow-up I’m sharing with my students. I hope you will provide some recorded video so I can share that with the “wee ones”.

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