Abstract

Attempts to evaluate the possible link between flood-basalt volcanism and the faunal extinctions observed at the K/T boundary must rely on precise knowledge of the amount of such volcanism that took place ∼65 Ma. The current geochronological data do not permit close resolution of either the timing or the duration of Deccan volcanism; the age of the bulk of the material is placed in the range ∼70-60 Ma. Further resolution of this hypothesis awaits acquisition of high-quality 40Ar-39Ar plateau ages on key sections of the Deccan Traps.

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