Freeze and burn

How might Permian flood basalt eruptions have caused mass extinction? The theory of rapid and dramatic temperature change - the initial cooling followed by global warming after a massive CO2 release - is explained. But would it have been enough to wipe out 95% of life on Earth? This programme was first shown in 2002.

Release date: 08 Dec 2010

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4 minutes

Credits

Role Contributor
ExpertMichael J. Benton
ExpertVincent Courtillot
ExpertGerald Dickens
ExpertAdrian Jones
ExpertMike Rampino
ExpertGregory Retallack
ExpertRoger Smith
ExpertPeter Ward
ExpertPaul Wignall
ExpertPaul Renne
ExpertChristian Koeberl
ProducerNick Davidson
Executive ProducerMatthew Barrett
DirectorNick Davidson

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