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March 14, 2006
Greg Gohn 703-648-4382
Diane Noserale 703-648-4333, 571-228-6582 (cell)

Invitation to News Media...
See a Mile of the Earth's Crust from the Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater

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Invitation to News Media

Ever wondered what a mile-long piece of the Earth's crust looks like? Last fall, a team of scientists drilled into one of the most amazing geologic structures known. This core tells the story of 35 million years ago, when a meteorite 1.5 miles wide, traveling at hypersonic speed, smashed into the Earth's crust and created the Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater.

International Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater Science Team

Opportunity to look at the core samples and talk to the scientists informally to learn more about the significance of these samples. Dubbed a "sampling party," scientists will be on hand to discuss what they will study as they divvy up segments of core from the Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater.

Monday, March 20, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

USGS National Center
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia

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