Thursday, August 21, 2008

Cause of Mass Extinction in Late Cretaceous Identified

In a stunning reversal to recent trends, Nature did not try to link a study discussing a global catastrophy to global warming or any other anthropomorphic activity.

To whit, 93 million years ago (i.e. the Cretaceous),(i.e. pre-HSGHGPDA)(homo-sapien green house gas planet destruction Age) a sudden, and previously unexplained "anoxic event" occurred which deprived bottom-dwelling species of oxygen all over the planet. Hmmm...I'm starting to see some side benefits here...

According to a new report in the science journal Nature,
the event was initiated by massive undersea volcanic eruptions in a plateau under the present-day Caribbean. The result, "devastated animals living on the sea-floor such as foraminifera, millimeter-sized creatures that lie at the bottom of the oceanic food-chain".

Scientists have always suspected a volcanic link to the extinction, Steven Turgeon, a geologist at Canada's University of Alberta, said: "What was missing was a clear link in the sedimentary record."
What was also missing was the ability to blame this on humans, so it's not really important and probably not worthy of publication.
Turgeon reports that the data support an "astounding" 3,000–5,000 per cent increase in global volcanic activity in only a few hundred years.

Natural processes causing drastic climatic change? Turgeon, if that is your real name, that is blasphemy. Only humans are capable of such destruction.
"One theory is that minerals in the magma fertilized the ocean and led to a huge bloom of creatures that then died and decayed, sucking up oxygen in the process."

Wow, that's just like the global warming discussion. It sucks all of the oxygen out of the scientific process.

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