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Does Deccan Traps of India caused Dinosaurs extinction ?

The causes of mass Dinosaurs extinctions are one of the hottest topics in science today, and have attracted the attention of researchers from many branches of science.

The Deccan Traps is a large igneous province located on the Deccan Plateau of west-central India and is one of the largest volcanic features on Earth. The Deccan Traps formed between 60 and 68 million years ago,at the end of the Cretaceous period.They comprise one of the largest volumes of basaltic volcanics known, covering an area of about 500,000 sq.

Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs were vertebrate animals that dominated the Earth for over 160 million years, first appearing around 230 million years ago. The Deccan basalts may have played a role in the extinction of the dinosaurs. Gases released by the eruption may have changed the global climate and lead to the demise of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. “No definite link between the Deccan volcanic activity and thedisappearance of the dinosaurs has been proven,”.Scientists from Switzerland and the United States have been able to date the eruptions, which created the Deccan Traps lava beds, to within 300,000 years of the mass extinction of the dinosaurs, palaeontology’s most persistent puzzle.

Resources:

->Wikipedia – Deccan traps link

-> The Deccan Traps Volcanism-Greenhouse Dinosaur Extinction Theory

-> Deccan Traps, India –

-> indianetzone


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Posted By: Kalyan | Date: November 13, 2007 | Categories: OtherNews
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