2004 Denver Annual Meeting (November 710, 2004)
Paper No. 56-3
Presentation Time: 1:30 PM-5:30 PM

SEDIMENTARY PROCESS OF THE UPPER PART OF THE IMPACTITE IN THE ICDP CHICXULUB DRILL CORE (YAXCOPOIL-1)

GOTO, Kazuhisa, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Univ of Tokyo, Sci Building #5, 7-3-1 Hongo, Tokyo, 113-0033, Japan, goto@eps.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp, TADA, Ryuji, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, TAJIKA, Eiichi, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Univ. of Tokyo, Tokyo, 113-0033, Japan, BRALOWER, Timothy, Dept. of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State Univ, State College, PA 16802, HASEGAWA, Takashi, Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Sci, Kanazawa Univ, Kakuma-machi, Kanazawa, 920-1192, and MATSUI, Takafumi, Department of Complexity Science and Engineering, The Univ of Tokyo, Tokyo, 113-0033

Ocean water invasion into the Chicxulub crater immediately after the K/T boundary impact is probably responsible for deposition of the impactite in the crater. To investigate the influence of ocean water invasion into the crater, samples of the impactite from the YAXCOPOIL-1 (YAX-1) site were investigated. The sedimentary sequence of the impactite at YAX-1 is divided into units 0 to 6 in descending order (Dressler et al., 2003; Goto et al., 2004), and we mainly focused on lithology and petrography of the impactite in units 0 and 1 (794.14 to 808.02 m). Unit 1 is composed of 1 to 2 m relatively well-sorted suevite beds that are repeated at least 8 times. The upward fining grain size and the absence of erosional contact of each cycle suggest that each cycle was deposited from resuspended sediment particles transported as fluid suspension. Furthermore, abundant nannofossils of late Campanian to early Maastrichtian age in the matrix suggests that carbonate sediments deposited in the rim margin or around the crater were selectively eroded and transported into the crater, most likely by ocean water invasion into the crater. Unit 0 conformably overlies unit 1 and is mainly composed of dolomitic very fine calcarenite. Unidirectional cross-lamina with climbing structure is observed in the lower part of the unit and repetition of faint parallel lamination and micro-ripples are observed in the middle part, indicating deposition under the influence of currents. Presence of shocked quartz grains in lower cross-laminated part suggests that deposition of unit 0 was associated with the impact. The dolomitic limestone of the upper part of unit 0 shows evidence of brittle deformation such as cracks and fragmentations, and a two-centimeter thick clay layer irregularly covers these brittle deformation features. The observation suggests that unit 0 was consolidated before the deposition of the clay layer, and thus the boundary is unconformable.

2004 Denver Annual Meeting (November 710, 2004)
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Session No. 56--Booth# 101
Impact Geology (Posters)
Colorado Convention Center: Exhibit Hall
1:30 PM-5:30 PM, Sunday, 7 November 2004

Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 36, No. 5, p. 145

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