Sixty five million years ago, prehistoric dinosaur life went extinct — their existance taken by the impact of a huge asteroid. But is that all to the story?
New theories suggest that another great calamity was responsible for the extinction.
Sixty five million years ago, another disaster lay hidden – theorized to have been awoken by the Chicxulub Asteroid impact. It was a hotspot, known today as geological regions called Large Igneous Provinces (LIPs).
This hotspot was formed in the Indian Ocean, unleashing a cataclysmic event that shook life on Earth and changed our planet’s climates that lasted for tens of thousands of years.
It released its deadly contents into the Earth’s atmosphere, converting the volcanic gasses’ contents into sulphoric acid rain and ashes.
It blocked out the sun around the globe and painted the color of the sky a deep red and orange.
Imagine, magma flowing for thousands of years unabated, a constant thick fog wherever you go, temperatures plummeting, the sun always covered behind a mist of red and gray.
As it finally starts to rain, you’ll find your skin starts to burn from the acid droplets.
It’s called the Deccan Traps – one of the largest volcanic features on Earth. It covered a radius of 1,500,000 km2 (600,000 sq mi), the same size as approximately half of modern India.
Although the disaster would end dinosaur life for good (known as K–Pg or Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event), it gave the chance for mammals to take the reign forever after.
Travel with us as we journey back 65 millions years of evolution and forward to our present time. In this documentary film, we will be able to study the timeline of the geological incidents prior to, during and after the disaster.
Although the Deccan Traps are extinguished today, we still discover LIPs around the world.
Within the last 10.000 years, hotspots have been found in Iceland, Germany and the USA. These places are still active and are being studied by volcanologists.
- Release date2012
- Full runtime
- Director(s)François De Riberolles
- Production companySaint Thomas Productions