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Monday, 2 April 2007

GSA Paper Demonstrates Single Impact at Cretaceous-Tertiary Boundary

GSA Paper Demonstrates Single Impact at Cretaceous-Tertiary Boundary

Paul bristolia at yahoo.com
Mon Apr 2 08:28:10 EDT 2007

Dear friends,

There is a new paper on the impact and extinction
at the Cretaceous-Tertiary Boundary. It is:

MacLeod1, K. G., Whitney, D. L., , Huber, B. T.,
and Koeberl, K., 2007, Impact and extinction in
remarkably complete Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary
sections from Demerara Rise, tropical western
North Atlantic. Geological Society of America.
vol. 119, no. 1, pp. 101-115.

http://www.gsajournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-abstract&doi=10.1130%2FB25955.1

They found a single, about 2-cm thick, layer of
spherules, which is interpreted to a primary air-
fall deposit. They found no other spherule layers
in the multiple cores of the K-T boundary section,
which were recovered.

They concluded:

"Sedimentological, geochemical, and paleontological
changes across the boundary closely match patterns
expected for a mass extinction caused by a single
impact."

Best Regards,

Paul
Baton Rouge, LA

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