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Terrestrial Origins and Evolution
Deccan Traps range in India


Once three-times larger than France, the Deccan Traps were a primeval volcanic range in western India that pumped Earth's atmosphere full of climate-altering carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide at the end of the Cretaceous period. Princeton researchers analyzed sediment trapped in Deccan lava flows — the largest flows on Earth — near Rajahmundry in the Krishna-Godavari Basin, the remnant of an ancient sea on the Bay of Bengal coast. Credit: Image courtesy of Gerta Keller

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