FROM THE EDUCATION DESK
Spring is coming! I just know it is! I saw tiny green buds on some of my trees, I love when the seasons change. Let me start off by wishing all you Mom’s out there “Happy Mother’s Day”. Come celebrate part of your day with us.
Expedition will Sample Crater
An international research team is planning to drill nearly 5,000 feet below the seabed to take core samples from the crater of the asteroid that put an end to the dinosaur age. The expedition is planned for spring of 2016. The asteriod which was 9 miles wide, slammed into Earth, triggering a series of events that killed most large animals and plants, along with large marine animals. This set the stage for mammals and eventually humans to take over. There are very few geologic samples of the now buried impact crater which is called Chicxulub after the seaside village on the Yucatan Peninsula. The team led by Sean Gulick (University of Texas) and Joanna Morgan (Imperial College of London), hope to uncover the impact details that set in motion one of the planet’s most profound extinctions. They also hope to shed light on the mechanisms of large impacts on Earth and on other rocky planets. Along with this information, the earliest recovery of marine life should be recorded within the sediments that filled in the crater in the millions of years after their impact. “The sediments that filled in the crater should have the record for organisms living on the sea floor and in the water that were there for the first recovery after the mass extinction event,” Gulick said. The core will be the fist complete sample of the rock layers from near the crater’s center.
Once extracted, the core will be shipped to Germany and split in two. Half will be analyzed by an international team of scientists from the U.S., U.K, and Mexico, and half will be saved at a core repository at Texas A & M University for future research needs by the international community.
Inside a 9-ton block of plaster are as many as 10 Utah raptor skeletons. They were found in a quarry 15 years ago north of Arches National Park. After years of planning and careful coordination, The Museum of Ancient Life in Lehigh, Utah is about to become home for these 125 million year old dinosaur skeletons.
Paleontologists believe the site is the first documented example of dinosaurs trapped by quicksand.
A visit to DRC is not only educational but an opportunity for families to have fun and relive the wonder of the incredible world of dinosaurs and marine reptiles. Our school and camp tours from pre-school to college age, have received great reviews from teachers, counselors and parents alike.
We can tailor the museum experience to support a variety of learning objectives for students and visitors of all ages. It is a wonderful field trip to compliment the dinosaur unit you are doing or have just finished. We are planning new exhibits as the year progresses and whether you are a first time visitor or a frequesnt visitor to the museum, I look forward to meeting you and discussing all the incredible, educational and fun opportunities we have here at DRC. Please call Deb at 719-686-1820×104 to book a memorable school, camp or family reunion tour this year.
“Those who dwell among the wonders and mysteries of nature are never alone or weary of life.” – Rachel Carson