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Volcanic Eruptions Led to Mass Extinction 370 Million Years Ago ??

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Mercury Rising: New evidence that volcanism triggered the late 

Devonian extinction, Geological Society of America, May 1, 2018



Volcanic Eruptions Led to Mass Extinction 370 Million Years Ago



The abstract is:


Grzegorz Racki, Michał Rakociński, Leszek Marynowski, 

Paul B. Wignall. Mercury enrichments and the Frasnian-

Famennian biotic crisis: A volcanic trigger proved? 

Geology, 2018; DOI: 10.1130/G40233.1



Related papers are:


Courtillot, V., Kravchinsky, V.A., Quidelleur, X., Renne, P.R. 

and Gladkochub, D.P., 2010. Preliminary dating of the Viluy 

traps (Eastern Siberia): Eruption at the time of Late Devonian 

extinction events?. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 

300(3-4), pp. 239-245.


https://sites.ualberta.ca/~vadim/Publications-Kravchinsky_files/2010-Courtillot et al - Preliminary dating of the Viluy traps.pdf


Kravchinsky, V.A., 2012. Paleozoic large igneous provinces of 

Northern Eurasia: correlation with mass extinction events. Global 

and Planetary Change, 86, pp. 31-36.


https://sites.ualberta.ca/~vadim/Publications-Kravchinsky_files/2012-Kravchinsky - Paleozoic large igneous provinces of Northern Eurasia- Correlation with mass extinction events.pdf


Ricci, J., Quidelleur, X., Pavlov, V., Orlov, S., Shatsillo, A. and

Courtillot, V., 2013. New 40Ar/39Ar and K–Ar ages of the Viluy

traps (Eastern Siberia): further evidence for a relationship with

the Frasnian–Famennian mass extinction. Palaeogeography,

Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 386, pp. 531-540.




Carmichael, S.K., Waters, J.A., Batchelor, C.J., Coleman, D.M., 

Suttner, T.J., Kido, E., Moore, L.M. and Chadimová, L., 2016. 

Climate instability and tipping points in the Late Devonian:

detection of the Hangenberg Event in an open oceanic island 

arc in the Central Asian Orogenic Belt. Gondwana Research, 32, 

pp. 213-231.





Paul H.

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Someone was doing some serious core sampling near the F-F boundary in Western New York. I wonder what they were checking for. 




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It is hard to tell. I would guess either magnetic susceptibility (MS);

carbon, zinc, strontium, sulfur, and / or uranium isotope analysis; 

elemental analysis (e.g. mercury); or some combination of these.


A link to a representative project that might use such cores:




Some examples of such research in the literature are:


Haddad, E.E., Boyer, D.L., Droser, M.L., Lee, B.K., Lyons, T.W. and 

Love, G.D., 2018. Ichnofabrics and chemostratigraphy argue against 

persistent anoxia during the Upper Kellwasser Event in New York 

State. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 490, pp. 178-190.




Lash, G.G., 2017. A multiproxy analysis of the Frasnian-Famennian 

transition in western New York State, USA. Palaeogeography, 

 Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 473, pp.108-122.




Pas, D., Hinnov, L., Day, J.E.J., Kodama, K., Sinnesael, M. and Liu, 

W., 2018. Cyclostratigraphic calibration of the Famennian stage 

(Late Devonian, Illinois Basin, USA). Earth and Planetary Science 

Letters, 488, pp. 102-114.





Paul H.

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Great post ,Paul


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Oxytropidoceras, Thanks for the reference list. I was also checking the authors, to see if any were Post Doctoral students from a local university professor; who knows this beach and its' strata very well.

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