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RE: Scientists conclude asteroid, not volcanoes, wiped out dinosaurs
John Hunt wrote:
> For scientists read "everyone but Keller" :) I still don't understand why
> there has to be a single cause, and why the Deccan traps must have had no
> effect? Why it has to be one or the other?
> The Siberian traps and CAMP seem to have had an impact.
Actually, there are some good papers that show that a sizeable fraction of
the elevated carbon dioxide levels immediately around the boundary may be
due to Deccan Traps, but even more are from the impact. So I agree: the
Traps certainly had an effect, but Chicxulub is also a big player.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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