The researchers hope to gather enough information that will tell them what went wrong approximately 10 to 15 million years ago that led to the massive extinction on our planet.
According to the experts, the site where the asteroid hit the Earth is approximately 200 km wide (125 miles) and was named Chicxulub, after the area of Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico.
The asteroid, which was approximately 10 km wide, hit the Mexico area almost 66 million years back, during a time when dinosaurs and other living species were going through some major environmental changes.
However, a team of scientists discovered that the heat near the site of the impact would not have been enough to set the plants ablaze.
This means the previous theories, which point to the fact that the massive extinction was caused by the huge asteroid, may not be very complete.
Sean Gulick, researcher at the University of Texas at Austin Institute for Geophysics, explained that the Chicxulub has been intriguing the scientists since its discovery, more than 20 years ago.
A team of international scientists decided to meet last week in Merida, Mexico and start planning the project of drilling inside the crater. According to them, the project will start next year in spring.
When asked why they want to drill into the impact crater, the scientists answered that when an asteroid crashes into Earth at very high speed, that collision would cause the crust to act like it were liquefied. This means that it first forms a transient crater, which is similar to the indentations created on a lake when a rock is thrown in, an afterwards the center splashes upward and then outward.
A team of scientists from the University of Edinburgh, University of Exeter and Imperial College London tried to recreate the massive energy that would have been released by the asteroid crashing into Earth almost 66 million years ago.
According to their theories, the heat would not have lasted for more than seven minutes in regions like New Zealand. This heat would have started only local fires, not the global firestorms that scientists previously thought were caused by the asteroid impact.
These firestorms were thought to have been one of the causes that led to the mass extinction of living species on Earth approximately 66 million years ago.
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