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40Ar/39Ar Dates from the West Siberian Basin: Siberian Flood Basalt Province Doubled

Science  07 Jun 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5574, pp. 1846-1849
DOI: 10.1126/science.1071671

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Abstract

Widespread basaltic volcanism occurred in the region of the West Siberian Basin in central Russia during Permo-Triassic times. New 40Ar/39Ar age determinations on plagioclase grains from deep boreholes in the basin reveal that the basalts were erupted 249.4 ± 0.5 million years ago. This is synchronous with the bulk of the Siberian Traps, erupted further east on the Siberian Platform. The age and geochemical data confirm that the West Siberian Basin basalts are part of the Siberian Traps and at least double the confirmed area of the volcanic province as a whole. The larger area of volcanism strengthens the link between the volcanism and the end-Permian mass extinction.

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