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Age of Popigai impact event using the Ar-40 - Ar-39 methodThe Popigai impact structure of central Siberia is the largest known impact crater in the Commonwealth of Independent States with an original diameter of some 1OO km. The age of the crater is constrained by the existing stratigraphy to a period between 5-65 Ma. Attempts to date the impact event using conventional K-Ar on whole rock samples and fission track dating on glasses yield a spread of ages between 30 and 45 Ma. Argon step-heating analyses of several whole-rock samples performed with the Argon Laserprobe at the University of Toronto indicated an age of impact of about 36 Ma. However, a more recently reported Ar-40 - Ar-49 result on glass separated from a suevite sample gave a 65 Ma age and raised the possibility that Popigai was involved with the K/T boundary event. We have pursued further analyses at the University of Toronto on a broader spectrum of Popigai samples. These results confirm an age of about 36 Ma for the formation of this crater, and indicate that Popigai was not associated with the K/T boundary event.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Bottomley, R. J.
(Toronto Univ. Ontario Canada)
Grieve, R. A. F.
(Geological Survey of Canada Ottawa, Ontario., Canada)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Inst., Twenty-fourth Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Part 1: A-F
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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