New study suggests mercury from firestorm of volcanic eruptions caused past extinction

January 7, 2012EARTHMass extinctions during catastrophic climate change were caused by huge mercury levels, Canadian scientists say. The Earth’s greatest global loss of life, around 250 million years ago, wiped out almost all marine creatures and most land-dwellers. Now, researchers at the University of Calgary have published a paper in the Geology journal, which blames massive mercury levels from volcanic eruptions, 30 times greater than those seen today. Co-author, Dr. Steve Grasby, an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary and a research scientist at Natural Resources Canada, says, “No one had ever looked to see if mercury was a potential culprit. This was a time of the greatest volcanic activity in Earth’s history and we know today that the largest source of mercury comes from volcanic eruptions. We estimate that the mercury released then could have been up to 30 times greater than today’s volcanic activity, making the event truly catastrophic.” This is the first study to blame mercury for the Permian extinctions, says co-author and University of Calgary Geology Professor, Dr. Benoit Beauchamp. “Geologists, including myself should be taking notes and taking another look at the other five big extinction events.” The loss of marine life occurred after the oceans were contaminated by the mercury, explains Dr. Hamed Sanei, adjunct professor at the University of Calgary and research scientist at Natural Resources Canada. “Typically, algae acts like a scavenger and buries the mercury in the sediment, mitigating the effect in the oceans. But in this case, the load was just so huge that it could not stop the damage.” In the Permian period, the land was a single continent. It is commonly thought that the eruptions from the volcanoes released carbon dioxide and other deadly poisons after penetrating coal seams. The Calgary University team provided evidence for this in a paper previously published in the Nature Geoscience journal. –Earth Times
Four main characteristics of the Permian-Triassic Extinction were hyper-volcanism, abrupt climate change, changes in ocean salinity which altered the physics of ocean current circulation, and a geomagnetic reversal. Is history about to repeat itself? –The Extinction Protocol
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7 Responses to New study suggests mercury from firestorm of volcanic eruptions caused past extinction

  1. nicholas fowler says:

    I am tempted to say this conclusion of the study is nonsense but will curb my words. we know the last great near extinction event happened about 10500 year ago, when the civilization of Atlantis was destroyed, probably by the dwarf star so much is talked about, by its last major transit affecting the earth. there is great geological evidence plus evidence from historical records. velikovsky goes some way towards explaining this, but the two authority I always go to are Alan and Delair in their great work,’cataclysm’ which explains the terrible traumas the earth and mankind went through. for the human species it seems to have be a near extinction level event, ad we can trace our gene pool back t that time when there were a few thousand breeding pairs left to continue the human race. we mus also assume the rest of the animal word suffered a similar fate. all this is fully verifiable from sources. there have been two lesser events since but this was the last major cataclysm the earth has been through.


    • The only thing, I agree with in the article is a period of catastrophic geological change, volcanism can happen and permanently alter the face of a planet. If the sky is choking from ash and sulfur dioxide, mercury would be the last thing you’re concerned about.


  2. nickk0 says:

    This is Very Interesting – Thank you for posting this, Alvin.

    For those who would like to learn more & read up on the biological affects of mercury, here is more information :

    – Nick


  3. Kim says:

    I wonder if the Fukushemia disaster released large quanities of mercury into the ocean when they dumped all the contaminated water into the ocean…I just wonder if the ocean is suffering with this kind of poisoning? Does anyone know?


  4. Kim says:

    Just found out the answer…check out this proposal from Japan :
    They want to dump the soil from the nuclear disaster in the bottom of the sea in sealed barrels, That waste has mercury in it. These nuclear plants are a real ticking time bomb.


  5. nicholas fowler says:

    my previous reply was a bit too strongly worded, I apologize for this. I am sure the study is excellent and very noteworthy. what I meant to do was to draw to the attention the last major near extinction level event which again, was about 10800 years ago. I should say we have reason for believing there are many fairly regular extinction events, like this, and we may be in for one very soon now according to indications. it does seem sad when scientists point out destructions going back millions of years when our records show they have been in recent historical times, and these latter are subsequently ignored. one has merely to invoke Velikovsky here.


  6. Tcrale says:

    For those who think they can simply prepare for it by having only a food storage all I can say is good luck; far more preparation is needed then that….and even then if all that crap is emitted in the air then what then?


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