Deccan Traps

The Deccan Traps are a large igneous province located on the Deccan Plateau of west-central India (between 17°–24°N, 73°–74°E) and one of the largest volcanic features on Earth. They consist of multiple layers of solidified flood basalt that together are more than 2,000 m (6,562 ft) thick and cover an area of 500,000 km2 (193,051 sq mi) and a volume of 512,000 km3 (123,000 cu mi). The term "trap", used in geology for such rock formations, is derived from the Swedish word for stairs and refers to the step-like hills forming the landscape of the region.

Read more about Deccan Traps:  History, Effect On Climate and Contemporary Life, Chemical Composition, Fossils, Theories of Formation, Suggested Link To Shiva Crater

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Deccan Traps - Suggested Link To Shiva Crater
... been dated at approximately sixty-five million years ago, potentially matching the Deccan traps ... crater suggest that the impact may have been the triggering event for the Deccan Traps as well as contributing to the acceleration of the Indian plate in the early Paleogene ...
Verneshot - Connection With Mass Extinctions
... have suggested that subcircular Bouguer gravity anomalies recognized beneath the Deccan Traps may indicate the presence of verneshot pipes related to the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event ... If the Deccan Traps were the location of a verneshot event at the Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary, the strong iridium spike at the Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary could be explained by the iridium-rich nature in ...
Dinosoor - Extinction of Major Groups - Deccan Traps
... Before 2000, arguments that the Deccan Traps flood basalts caused the extinction were usually linked to the view that the extinction was gradual, as the flood basalt events were thought to have started around ... However, there is evidence that two thirds of the Deccan Traps were created in only 1 million years about 65.5 million years ago, and so these eruptions would have ... The Deccan Traps could have caused extinction through several mechanisms, including the release into the air of dust and sulphuric aerosols, which might have blocked sunlight and thereby reduced photosynthesis ...
St. Mary's Islands (Karnataka) - Geology - Geological Age
... found in these rocks are uncommon in the Deccan Traps and non-existent in the Rajmahal Traps. 93.1±2.4 (2σ) vis-à-vis the age of the Rajmahal Traps of about 105-100 Ma and about 65-35 Ma of the Deccan Traps ... as a distant outlier of the 65 Ma Deccan volcanic province of west–central India, comprising dominantly flood basalts ...

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