Proximal cretaceous-tertiary boundary impact deposits in the caribbean

Alan R. Hildebrand, William V. Boynton

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Trace element, isotopic, and mineralogic studies indicate that the proposed impact at the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T) boundary occurred in an ocean basin, although a minor component of continental material is required. The size and abundance of shocked minerals and the restricted geographic occurrence of the ejecta layer and impact-wave deposits suggest an impact between the Americas. Coarse boundary sediments at sites 151 and 153 in the Colombian Basin and 5- to 450-meter-thick boundary sediments in Cuba may be deposits of a giant wave produced by a nearby oceanic impact. On the southern peninsula of Haiti, a ∼50-centimeter-thick ejecta layer occurs at the K-T boundary. This ejecta layer is ∼25 times as thick as that at any known K-T site and suggests an impact site within ∼1000 kilometers. Seismic reflection profiles suggest that a buried ∼300-km-diameter candidate structure occurs in the Colombian Basin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)843-847
Number of pages5
JournalScience
Volume248
Issue number4957
StatePublished - May 18 1990

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Proximal cretaceous-tertiary boundary impact deposits in the caribbean. / Hildebrand, Alan R.; Boynton, William V.

In: Science, Vol. 248, No. 4957, 18.05.1990, p. 843-847.

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Hildebrand, Alan R. ; Boynton, William V. / Proximal cretaceous-tertiary boundary impact deposits in the caribbean. In: Science. 1990 ; Vol. 248, No. 4957. pp. 843-847.
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