Geochemisty at DSDP Hole 62-465A

Helen V Michel, Frank Asaro, Walter Alvarez & Luis W Alvarez
Very significant enhancements of the element iridium have been observed in association with the Cretaceous/ Tertiary boundary in marine sediments laid down 65 m.y. ago and subsequently uplifted above the ocean's surface. If our hypothesis for the origin of the iridium and the cause of the Cretaceous/Tertiary life extinctions (the asteroid-impact theory) (Alvarez et al., 1980) is correct, the Ir anomaly should be associated with the Cretaceous/ Tertiary boundary region wherever it is intact. The...
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