"The Chicxulub Crater"

Summertime part 2.


The Chicxulub crater is an ancient impact crater buried underneath the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Its center is located near the beach village of Chicxulub, after which the crater is named.

The crater is more than 110 mi in diameter, making the feature of the largest confirmed impact structure on Earth.

Progreso The crater was discovered by Glen Penfield, during the late 70’s. Penfield was initially unable to obtain evidence that the unique geological feature was in fact a crater. Through contact with Alan Hildebrand, Penfield was able to obtain samples that suggested it was an impact feature. Evidence for the impact origin of the crater includes shocked quartz, a gravity anomaly, and tektites in surrounding areas.

Progreso The age of the rocks shows that this impact structure dates from the end of the Cretaceous Period, roughly 65 million years ago. The impact associated with the crater is implicated in causing the extinction of the dinosaurs as suggested by the K–T boundary. Although, some critics argue that the impact was not the sole reason and others debate whether there was a single impact or whether the Chicxulub impactor was one of several that may have struck the Earth at around the same time. In March 2010, following extensive analysis of the available evidence covering 20 years' worth of data, 41 international experts from 33 institutions reviewed available evidence and concluded that the impact at Chicxulub triggered the mass extinctions at the K–T boundary including those of dinosaurs.

Chicxulub Today

Progreso Chicxulub is a small and nice beach village located a few kilometers north from Merida and east from Progreso. It is also the main gateway for Yucatecans during “la temporada” (summer). During “la temporada” many restaurants, nightclubs and other stores from Merida move down the cost. Jet ski rentals and other water sport options are available. There is a large crafts market near the pier as well as other tourist shopping along the town's streets.

Progreso Watching tourists come and go from cruise ships is a popular excursion for some. There are several restaurants along the beach road that serve cold drinks and food (some great seafood) at tables and “palapas” situated right on the beach. La temporada it is also the time when many festivals take place at the Chicxulub little town square.

Located Northeast from Merida, Chicxulub beach and its crater are a great visit during your stay in the Yucatan.


Read more about "La Temporada" here.

 

 

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