Workshop yields new insight into volcanism at Deccan Traps, India



Deccan volcanism, often referred to as the Deccan Traps, is the latest tholeiitic continental flood basaltic episode in the Indian region. The Deccan Traps cover area of about 0.5 million km2 on land (Figure 1) and in offshore regions extending east and west. The episode's large volume and time of origin—close to the K-T boundary—have attracted the attention of geoscientists worldwide. It is generally believed that the magmatic activity was triggered by Reunion hot spot when the Western passive margin of India was being formed.