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Sunday, 2 April 2006

Columbian Impact Structure (??) and Deccan Basalts was “Multiple Impact and 73P

Columbian Impact Structure (??) and Deccan Basalts was “Multiple Impact and 73P

Paul bristolia at
Sat Apr 1 12:05:42 EST 2006

In “Multiple Impact and 73P(was..More Evidence
Chicxulub..)”, MexicoDoug at wrote

>Sterling W. writes:

<< Keller-Harting get lots of press, but nobody


>Hola Sterling,


>The idea that multiple impacts ocurred doesn't

>seem to far fetched, and we can basically thank

>them for introducing it as potentially more viable

>and consistent based on top-notch fieldwork, not

>just astronomical mullings.”

Columbian Impact Structure ??

This discussion reminded me a geologic structure, which
was found in seismic surveys made for oil and gas
exploration, lying beneath the Columbian continental
shelf. It was a huge, possibly larger than Chicxulub,
circular stucture, which was a candidate for the K/T
impact site, until it was found. Once Chicxulub was
found and published, it seems to have been completely
forgotten. Does anyone know if anything had ever been
published on it? Might this still be an alternate possibility
for the K/T killer?

The Deccan Flood Basalts, An Additional Complication

To further complicate the K/T boundary controversy,
there are these findings and interpretations:

India’s Smoking Gun: Dino-Killing Eruptions
Geological Society of America Press Release, 9
August 2005

The abstract stated:

“In fact, most mass extinctions over the past 300 million
years have coincided with large volcanic events, said
Chenet. The general rule is that massive volcanism
like the Deccan Traps correlates with all major mass
extinctions in Earth's history, she said.”

Another article is “Volcanic prepping for dinosaur
extinction” from the October 2005 Geotimes at:

The abstract discussed in the above articles is:

Chenet, A.-L. Courtillot, V., Fluteau, F., Besse, J.,
Subbarao, K. V., Khadri, S., Bajpai, S., and Jay, A., 2005,
Magnetostratigraphy of the Upper Formations of the
Deccan Traps: an Constraint on the Timing of the
Eruptive Sequence. Session no. T9. Large Igneous
Provinces: Their Biotic, Climatic, and Oceanic Impact,
Earth System Processes 2 Meeting, August 8-11, 2005.
Calgary, Alberta.

I find it fascinating that there seems to exist a far better
correlation between eruption of massive flood basalts
and mass extinctions than there is between impact
events and mass extinctions. This is discussed in an
interesting abstract:

Courtillot, V., and Thordarson, T., 2005, Flood basalts
appear to be the main cause of biological mass
extinctions in the Phanerozoic. Geophysical Research
Abstracts, Vol. 7, 11196, 2005
SRef-ID: 1607-7962/gra/EGU05-A-11196

The who, what, and when of the K/T extinction event is
far from a settled matter.



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