Image: Basaltic lava, Deccan Traps, India

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.

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