Image: Basaltic lava, Deccan Traps, India
Basaltic lava specimen, DR 16555. From the Deccan Traps, India. Late Cretaceous 65 million years ago.
- Robert Jones
- © Australian Museum
The Deccan Traps in India cover an area of 800,000 square kilometres. They were formed over a few million years near the end of the Cretaceous when huge volumes of lava were released in a series of eruptions.