27 January, 10:38

Siberian traps and climate change in the Permian Age

Siberian traps and climate change in the Permian Age

By Andrew Hiller

WASHINGTON (VR) – The impact of climate change is one constantly in the news, but it is still unclear how much of the puzzle belongs to man and how much belong natural activities.

Recent research has looked at extinction activities that have been associated with climate change in the Permian period, near to what is modern day Siberia. A team of scientists from MIT, the Carnegie Institution, Moscow University, and elsewhere teamed up to study the geological and fossil records to determine exactly what gases and substances were released. The combined efforts may answer the mystery of one of the Earths most violent periods, a period that led to extinction and the rise of the dinosaurs. To look at the effect of carbon dioxide, acid rain, and ozone depletion about 250 million years ago and the speed of extinction and recovery here on Earth, we are being joined by Benjamin Black of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Lindy Elkins-Tanton is the director of the Carnegie Institution for Science's Department of Terrestrial Magnetism.

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