A so-called “Jurassic world” has been discovered, consisting of approximately 100 ancient volcanoes, buried deep inside central Australia.
The research, published in Gondwana Research, details the findings of ancient volcanoes that were active between 180 million and 160 million years ago under the Cooper-Eromanga Basin. Now one of the country’s largest oil and gas regions, it was once home to an area filled with hot ash and lava flying high into the air, surrounded by rivers that eventually evolved into lakes and coal-swamps.
“While the majority of Earth’s volcanic activity occurs at the boundaries of tectonic plates, or under the Earth’s oceans, this ancient Jurassic world developed deep within the interior of the Australian continent,” said the study’s co-author, Simon Holford, in a statement.
“Its discovery raises the prospect that more undiscovered volcanic worlds reside beneath the poorly explored surface of Australia,” Holford added.
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