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Oxytropidoceras posted a topic in Fossil NewsBelow is an interesting paper, with PDF files online, about the role of contact metamorphism of evaporites and organic rich strata by the Siberian Traps and the end-Permian extinctions. Svensen, H., Planke, S., Polozov, A.G., Schmidbauer, N., Corfu, F., Podladchikov, Y.Y. and Jamtveit, B., 2009. Siberian gas venting and the end-Permian environmental crisis. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 277(3-4), pp.490-500. http://folk.uio.no/hensven/Svensen_EPSL_2009.pdf https://henriksvensen.wordpress.com/publicationspapers/ https://h
Hey guys. In NZ we have quite a few volcanoes, and luckily for me living in christchurch, the most recent eruption in the south island was about 20 mya. On the "vanished world" trail, there is a preserved basaltic volcanic dyke/sill that has been injected into the strata beneath an ancient lagoon. While I'm aware that these magmatic intrusions don't break the surface, there is a broad fossil horizon not far from the top most termination of the sill, with beautiful small spirulla (?) (Some kind of elongate fossil snail) preserved in the rock. I was won