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    I watched that show on the story of the greatest volcanic exsplosion of all time. It amazes me how scientists can find out what happened 250 million years ago. Filix.


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    the tools are pretty simple : plain old geological exploration + radiometric dating of volcanic rocks
    once you know the extent of the lava flows and can pin down the period in which they took place, you can make a fair estimate of the average flow rates for the traps

    the main problem was really the fact that Siberia is not the easiest place to visit (although searching for mineral wealth is a good incentive) + the vastness of the area covered by the traps



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    One of the possible factors in the Permian/Triassic extinction event.
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    When Life Nearly Died by Michael Benton is a good read on the subject
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