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Donald Savage
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1547)

Gail Gallessich
University of California, Santa Barbara
(Phone: 805/893-7220)

May 12, 2004
NASA Announces Site Of "Great Dying" Meteor Crater
Researchers funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation have located the site of an impact crater. The crater is believed to be associated with the largest extinction event in Earth's history about 250 million years ago.

The researchers will report their findings and reveal the site of the crater at 2 p.m. EDT, Thursday, May 13, 2004, during a press teleconference.

Panelists are:
– – Luann Becker, geologist, University of California, Santa Barbara, Calif.
– – Robert Poreda, geochemist, University of Rochester, N.Y.
– – Kevin Pope, geologist, Geo Eco Arc Research, Aquasco, Md.
– – Douglas H. Erwin, Senior Paleobiologist, National Museum of Natural History, Washington
– – Michael New, astrobiology discipline scientist, NASA Headquarters, Washington; panel moderator

Reporters may call in to the press conference to hear the presentation and participate in the question-and-answer session, while following the presentations on a Web site.

The phone numbers for reporters to call into the press conference are: 1/888/790-1919 or 1/712/271-0046. The password is: Impact SSU

The Web site for reporters to access the presentations:
Password: beckerImpact


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