The Daily Telegraph

Slowing of continenta­l plates caused extinction­s


Earth’s worst mass extinction­s were caused by a slowing of the continenta­l plates, according to new research.

It led to enormous volcanic eruptions – wiping out life by causing climatic and biological upheaval, say scientists.

The discovery is based on chemical data from ancient mudstone deposits obtained from a mile-deep borehole in Wales. Throughout the past 600 million years there have been five major mass extinction­s.

The world’s biggest volcanoes lie in areas dubbed LIPS (Large Igneous Provinces).

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