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Deccan Traps, India

Categories
Environmental, Geomorphology

Country
India

Is it safe for school children or families to visit?
Yes

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Description

The Deccan Traps in west-central India are one of the largest volcanic features on the planet. The solidified layers of flood basalt that make up the traps rise up to about 2,000 metres and cover an area of some 500,000 square kilometres. They are thought to have originated from volcanic eruptions that occurred between 60 and 68 million years ago. The lava flows are believed to have covered an area approximately half the size of India (1.5 million square kilometres), being reduced to the present area due to erosion an plate tectonics.


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Geographic location

74.3287 E, 17.5501 N