Flood volcanism

One truly unique part of Siberia is the Putorana Plateau, which was formed during the eruption of the Siberian Traps, over 250 million years ago:

The eruption caused the Great Dying:

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Coincidentally, I was looking into the Putorana Plateau a week or two ago but got a bit frustrated by the lack of information. I noticed on Google Earth the huge circular, elevated section of northern Siberia that looked different from everything else around it, so I wanted to know why. Strangely, I had never heard of this region before then, but then I’m not a geologist. I was familiar with the Deccan Traps in India, but not the Siberian Traps — both precipitators of two of Earth’s major extinction events.

In the RGB color space you can create shades of pink/magenta by mixing red and blue.

The red of the Siberian Traps + the blue of present-day Siberia = pink/magenta.

The three colors could be used to tell a very interesting brand story.

It’s worth noting that the U.S. has it’s own traps, known as the Columbia River Basalt Group (CRBG):

Though the eruption of the CRBG was some 20 times smaller than that of the Siberian Traps and didn’t cause a mass extinction event.

I’ve driven through that area many times since it’s not too far from where I live. It’s an area also scarred by extreme ice-age-related flooding events, which have left the layers of basalt clearly exposed in some areas.

By the way, I’ve split off this discussion from the Siberian Heritage branding discussion since it’s veered way off on an unrelated tangent.

I recommend Nick Zentner’s lectures on the geology of the Pacific Northwest:

Especially the ones on volcanism:


Oh man, I remember the first time I heard about the Great Dying and the volcanic activity that tipped the dominoes over - I think it was first described to me in a video as “that time half of prehistoric Russia just sank into lava.”

I really dig paleontology, and have a tangentially related interest in geology - and I think volcanoes are just cool, honestly. Haven’t thought too much about what the activity is like there modern day, but I’m going to have to look into it now.

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I watched all those lectures all the way through plus a few more. Yes, I find this sort of thing fascinating. Thanks for linking to them. Four years ago, I camped in an area covered by the old flood basalts in northeastern Oregon to watch a total solar eclipse. It was a perfect spot for it.

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