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DOSECC Expands Drilling Data Analysis Services


DOSECC Expands Drilling Data Analysis Services

Global drilling company adds veteran associates to expand full-spectrum project capabilities in geothermal drilling, geotechnical drilling, and mining/exploration drilling.

DOSECC announced today the addition of several associates to its drilling services team as the company continues to expand its full-spectrum project capabilities. In addition to global core drilling operations, the firm provides clients with full project management services, preliminary site assessments, equipment engineering and fabrication, and final data analysis.

Read full press release here.

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Chicxulub Project Watched Around the World

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With the successful conclusion of the high-profile Chicxulub Crater project last month, we are sharing here the kudos the project team received from around the world.  The Chicxulub core drilling project sought to shed light on the crater left by the asteroid that led to a global mass extinction—what geophysicist and expedition leader Joanna Morgan called “The most important event in the last 100 million years.” The drilling was recognized and photographed by journalists and scientists from around the world, the Governor of Yucatan, and even an astronaut orbiting the earth.  

You can read more about the project here.

Here are just a few excerpts of the coverage:

Discover Magazine: How We Found the Dinosaur Doomsday Site (March 23, 2016)

“In the coming weeks, a team of scientists will begin drilling Chicxulub’s central peak ring for the first time. Discover will be on site in Mexico as the team tries to answer some of those questions.”

NATURE: Geologists Drill into Heart of Dinosaur-Killing Impact (March 31, 2016)

“‘All of this happened in the span of several devastating minutes, says Joanna Morgan, a geophysicist at Imperial College London and the project’s co-chief scientist. ‘It’s astounding.’”

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN: What Really Killed the Dinosaurs? (April 4, 2016)

“An extraordinary vessel—part ship and part drilling rig —is being equipped in the port of Progreso, Mexico, to drill into Earth’s past. This spring and summer it will attempt to recover a thin cylinder of rock, 3 ¼ inches wide by 3,300 feet long, starting in the Eocene world about 50 million years ago, drilling all the way back into rocks created and contorted by an asteroid impact, 66 million years ago, when the dinosaurs disappeared.”

WASHINGTON POST: 66 million years ago an asteroid destroyed the dinosaurs. Now scientists are drilling into the crater it made to understand how.  (April 6, 2016)

“The Chicxulub crater, as the site is known, is buried in sediment and hidden beneath some 1,500 feet of water. That makes it very hard to study, even though it’s ground zero of one of the worst mass extinctions in Earth’s history, one of just five times when life itself out on the planet was in danger of being snuffed.”

NPR: Scientists Set To Drill Into Extinction-Event Crater In Mexico (April 8, 2016)

“In addition to being interesting from an extinction element, it’s also interesting because it’s a well-preserved, very large crater that we can access without leaving the planet. It’s equivalent to studying the really big craters with peak rings, for instance, on the moon, on Mercury, on Mars — but obviously at a fraction of the cost.”

—Sean Gulick, University of Texas at Austin geophysicist, team co-lead

PHYS.ORG: How Does an Invisible Underwater Crater Prove an Asteroid Killed the Dinosaurs? (April 14, 2016)

“A team of scientists recently set off to drill a 1,500m-deep hole into the seabed off the coast of Mexico. Their goal is to learn more about the asteroid impact some 66m years ago that many scientists believe killed the dinosaurs.”

YUCATAN TIMES: International Scientific Expedition Drilling off the Yucatan Coast (April 2016)

“Drillers will quickly bore their way through the top 500 metres of sediments, and then collect core samples more carefully as they go deeper…At about 600 metres, the core will pass through rock from the Palaeocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum, when temperatures spiked about 55 million years ago, creating a greenhouse world. At 650 metres the core should hit the peak ring.”

NPR: Geologists Find Clues In Crater Left By Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid (May 6, 2016)

“We went through a remarkable amount of the post-impact world. All the way into the Eocene times — so between 50 and 55 million years ago.”

—Sean Gulick, University of Texas at Austin geophysicist, team co-lead

YUCATAN.COM  There’s Life in the Chicxulub Crater (May 17, 2016)
“The first results of the Chicxulub crater project are encouraging with valuable clues, say scientists of Mission 364.” English version here –

BBC: Chicxulub ‘Dinosaur’ Crater Drill Project Declared a Success (May 25, 2016)

“”It’s been a remarkable success. We’ve got deeper than I thought we might do,”
—Dave Smith, British Geological Survey

TIM PEAKE, Astronaut at the International Space Station, Facebook

“66 million years ago a 14-km wide asteroid struck this part of Mexico and wiped out the dinosaurs. Asteroid Day. Looking north-east at the most eastern part of Mexico, Yucatan and Cancún.”


   Credit: Tim Peake

“Outstanding job and congratulations to the DOSECC folks!”

—Javier Zevallos – General Manager Mexico & Central America, AMC Drilling Fluids & Products


Chicxulub Project Report from the Yucatan

Chicxulub Project Report

English Translation of Yucatan Article

This month Mission 364 began research work at the Chicxulub Crater site. Scientists in charge of the project are encouraging and say they already are seeing interesting results.

The evidence found in the layers of earth found 32 kilometers from the sea port of Progreso confirms the prehistoric stage of the event.  To successfully complete the project, the team had to reach the layer of the meteorite impact under the Gulf of Mexico.  Experts expect to obtain samples of microbial life that reveal data on the recovery of life after the crash of the celestial body which is believed to have caused the extinction of 76% of life in the Cretaceous period.

So far the project has resulted in 100 cores of sediment and rock fragments with an approximate age of 66 million years, which corroborate the geological timeframe of the phenomenon being studied.  The evidence being collected will allow researchers, after an exhaustive analysis in German laboratories, to determine whether or not microorganisms were able to survive in the area covered by the impact area.


In 1952, Pemex began drilling the first well in the subsoil called “Chicxulub 1”. That drilling confirmed that there was no oil in that region of Yucatan, but some anomalies were discovered in the lower strata. Geophysical studies later determined the existence of a crater in the area.

Decades later and after further studies, on Saturday [May] 14, a team of researchers tackled the Myrtle drilling platform to begin drilling in the earth’s crust in the area of ​​impact.  The first rock samples were found at a depth of 500 meters, the final goal is 1,500 meters.

To understand the work being done on the platform, reporters from Grupa Megamedia set sail aboard the ship “Linda F.” and came to the place called Chicxulub Crater. There, a group of scientists led by Drs. Jaime Urrutia Fucugauchi and Ligia Pérez-Cruz, the Institute of Geophysics of the UNAM and other specialists from six countries explained the progress of the investigation, how they obtained the samples, and how the core analysis will be studied to confirm their theories.

“The expectations we had at the beginning of the project are being met, as we have drilled almost 750 meters and the first part corresponding to the stage of Paleogene, where some microfossils were found, which could imply the analysis was done in the preliminary strata,” explains Dr.. Ligia Perez-Cruz.

After a brief tour on the platform to better understand the laboratories and the methods used to extract samples, Dr. Sean Gulick of the Institute of Geophysics at the University of Texas, and Dr. Joanna Morgan of Imperial College in London, said that after drilling, underground sensors are introduced to collect data and determine the type of material found at that depth. The rocks are then removed and passed to an initial laboratory where they are cleaned and are subsequently analyzed by microbiologists on board. Later, the rocks are taken to another laboratory for microbiological analysis.

Original Spanish article by Rodrigo Garcia Aranda.