NEW JERSEY, A MOST HABITABLE PLACE DURING AN ASTEROID STRIKE: SHOCKED QUARTZ AND IRIDIUM SPIKE CO-OCCUR BELOW A MAASTRICHTIAN MOLLUSK COMMUNITY ON THE NJ COASTAL PLAIN
Samples were obtained from exposed stream banks at Agony Creek , collected at 1 cm intervals from the base of the Ir anomaly upward (~24 cm) to the base of the Hornerstown Formation (earliest Danian). Samples were leached in HCl to remove iron staining and sieved to isolate grains between 62 -150 µm. Quartz grains were magnetically separated from glauconite and observed under a petrographic microscope to determine PDFs. Universal stage measurements confirm that the planar features observed in quartz from the Ir-rich layer are PDFs related to the Chicxulub impact . Shocked quartz grains occur at the same horizon as the Ir anomaly but not above it. This coincidence suggests that the Ir (and Ni, Co) did not diffuse downward after deposition. The overlying Pinna Layer fauna are in life position and are not reworked . Our new findings therefore suggest that this community may have flourished for a brief time (10’s of years) after the Chicxulub impact.
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