Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Volcanoes 'Destroyed Ancient Ocean Life'

Volcanic activity led to marine life being wiped out millions of years ago,
a study suggests Photo: Reuters

From The Telegraph:

Volcanic activity may have led to nearly a third of marine life being wiped out around 100 million years ago, research suggests.

It is thought that sulphur produced by volcanoes erupting led to oxygen disappearing from large areas of the oceans.

This caused up to 27 per cent of ocean life being destroyed, according to a report published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

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