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5/28    "China volcano may have caused mass extinction"
        http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090528/ap_on_sc/us_sci_volcano_extinction
        "WASHINGTON - A mass extinction some 260 million years ago may have
        been caused by volcanic eruptions in what is now China, new research
        suggests."
        It's all ChiCom's fault!
        \_ Please, that was during one of those dynasties.  Don't you know
           your history?
        \_ I am smart and read the New Yorker and it tells me that last
           mass extinction was caused by the Yucatan meteor
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news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090528/ap_on_sc/us_sci_volcano_extinction
Print By RANDOLPH E SCHMID, AP Science Writer Randolph E Schmid, Ap Science Writer - Thu May 28, 2:02 pm ET WASHINGTON - A mass extinction some 260 million years ago may have been caused by volcanic eruptions in what is now China, new research suggests. The so-called Guadalupian Mass Extinction, devastating marine life around the world, was preceded by massive eruptions in the Emeishan province of Southwest China, researchers led by Paul Wignall of Britain's University of Leeds report in Friday's edition of the journal Science. Because the eruptions occurred in a shallow sea the researchers were able to study both the volcanic rock and the overlying layer of sedimentary rock containing fossilized marine life, making it possible to compare dates. The injection of hot lava into a sea would have produced a massive cloud formation that could spread around the world, cooling the planet and producing acid rain, according to the scientists. The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.