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The Triassic Extinction: The Fire That Time

By March 21, 2013

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Every Thursday the news outlets come out with another hot science story of the week, courtesy of the journal Science, which has a well-oiled publicity machine in addition to top-notch scientific content. Today one of the major stories was a paper that reports newly precise dates for the enormous lava flows found in Europe, the Americas and Africa that make up the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province or CAMP. Lo and behold, the dates match the great mass extinction that marked the end of the Triassic Period and the beginning of the Jurassic.

What makes this story especially fun is that one of the coauthors of the paper, Greg McHone, is a regular right here in the Geology Forum. So I've started a thread there so we can have a conversation with Greg. If you haven't been to the forum, come on in. You can be anonymous if you like, or you can register and get yourself a personal presence there.

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