In the Arctic for the first time discovered traces of one of the mass extinctions of life on Earth
Moscow. September 6. INTERFAX.RU Paleontologists first discovered in the Arctic on the island Pillar, near the station “Samoilovsky” in the Lena Delta, traces occurred over 370 million years ago mass extinction of flora and fauna.
“Event of Killasser is the second largest extinction, one of the largest extinctions of biota (the set of all living organisms — if) on Earth it has nothing to do with any of the glaciations”, — said the Deputy Director of the Institute of petroleum Geology and Geophysics. A. Nikolay (ipgg) to journalists Nikolay Sennikov on Wednesday.
The first traces of this extinction, which occurred around 374 million years, representing the manifestation of the black shale strata, was found in Germany and Morocco, said Sennikov. Similar traces are now found near the Arctic station.
Currently, research results undergo additional testing and, perhaps, the scientist believes, the Arctic facility will help to establish the causes of extinction.
According to one hypothesis, to the event of Quellwasser brought a change in ocean currents, and offshore surged contaminated with hydrogen sulphide water.
“And everybody died”, — said the scientist.
All global extinctions on Earth was six, as a rule, they cited a range of reasons, the scientist noted.
Research station “Samoilovsky Island” built in 2012 on the same island in the Lena Delta, research on the island being about 15 years — there is a joint Russian-German expedition “Lena”. Old Russian-German station on Samoilovsky was actually on the very brink because of changes in the coastline.