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Deadly combination

New evidence suggests that seismic waves from the Chicxulub meteorite impact doubled the eruption rate of lavas on the opposite side of the planet — a combination that led to the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous period.

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Figure 1: The Deccan Traps.

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Duncan, R. Deadly combination. Nature 527, 172–173 (2015).

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