Where will you be my darling? Where will you be when the dark is rising?
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Found some interesting news on MSNBC. Take a look at a few excerpts.
Dinosaurs killed by Indian volcanoes, not meteor: paleontologists
Princeton University paleontologist Gerta Keller and geologist Thierry Adatte from the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, say they've found the end of the Deccan volcanic eruptions in India coincided with the aftermath of the mass extinction, known as the K-T, or Cretaceous-Tertiary, boundary.
The main period of eruptions is thought to have released 10 times more climate altering gases into the atmosphere than the Chicxulub meteor impact in the Gulf of Mexico, which happened during the same period and has also been blamed for the death of the dinosaurs.
"It's the first time we can directly link the main phase of the Deccan Traps to the mass extinction," Keller said in a release.
Previous research had narrowed the date of the eruptions to within 800,000 years of the extinction, based on the magnetic field of minerals in the lava. Dating of argon and potassium in the minerals later narrowed the gap to 300,000 years.
I really pity Indians. They get made fun of for infrared, blackheads, crap, their smell, their accent, "keep every penny", and now, they've got the credit of killing the dinosaurs. Gee whiz.