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CIRIR Programs: Drilling and Research Opportunities at the Rochechouart Impact StructureOwing to its size, accessibility and erosional level, the Rochechouart impact structure, dated at ~203 +/- 2 Ma (recalc.), is a unique reser-voir of knowledge within the population of the rare terrestrial analogous to large impacts craters observed on planetary surfaces. The site gives direct access to fundamental mechanisms both in impact-related geology (origin and evolution of planets) and biology (habitability of planets, emergence and evolution of life). For the last decade P. Lambert has been installing Rochechouart as International Natural Laboratory for studying impact processes and collateral effects on planetary surfaces. For this purpose the Center for International Research on Impacts and on Rochechouart (CIRIR) was installed on site in 2016 with twofold objectives and activities. First ones are scientific and dedicated to the scientific community. The second are cultural and educational and are dedi-cated to the public sensu lato. We present here the CIRIR, its scientific programs and the related reseach opportunities.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Lambert, P.
(CIRIR-Center for International Research on Impacts and on Rochechouart Rochechouart, France)
Alwmark, C.
(Lund Univ. Sweden)
Baratoux, D.
(Observatoire de Midi-Pyrenees Toulouse, France)
Brack, A.
(Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Annecy-le-Vieux, France)
Bruneton, P.
(International Atomic Energy Agency Seibersdorf, Austria)
Buchner, E.
(Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences Neu-Ulm, Germany)
Claeys, P.
(Vrije Univ. Brussels, Belgium)
Dence, M.
(Department of Energy, Mines, and Resources Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
French, B.
(Smithsonian Institution Washington, DC, United States)
Hoerz, F
(Jacobs Technology, Inc. Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
February 22, 2017
Publication Date
March 20, 2017
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
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Meeting Information
Lunar and Planetary Science Conference(The Woodlands, TX)
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.

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