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Deccan Trap

Deccan Trap
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-15
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Nikon D-200, Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR DX AF-S N, Kenko Digital PL-CIR 67 mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-17 8:17
Viewed: 10514
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Shot this landscape at Mahabaleshwar on my birthday...........the famous Deccan Trap is akin to Indian version of Grand Canyon, USA.

The Deccan Traps are a large igneous province located on the Deccan Plateau of west-central India (between 1724N, 7374E) and one of the largest volcanic features on Earth. They consist of multiple layers of solidified flood basalt that together are more than 2,000 m (6,562 ft) thick and cover an area of 500,000 km2 (193,051 sq mi). The term 'trap', used in geology for such rock formations, is derived from the Dutch word for stairs, referring to the step-like hills forming the landscape of the region.


The Deccan Traps are an area of extensive volcanic activity located in what is now India. This volcanic province was active around the end of the Mesozoic Era (Late Cretaceous Period) approximately 60-70 million years ago. The Deccan Traps were probably one of the largest volcanic complexes to occur on Earth since it's initial formation, spanning nearly half the current area of the country of India at it's peak.

The timing of the Deccan Traps should ring bells in the minds of dinosaur enthusiasts: the K/T extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs occurred 65-66 million years ago, right when the Deccan Traps were active. Although it is generally accepted that a large asteroid or comet is largely responsible for this mass extinction, some question as to whether the impact had sufficient aftereffects to cause such widespread damage to the Earth's biosphere. As a consequence, some have proposed that the massive amounts of volcanic and greenhouse gases released during the eruption of the Deccan Traps also played a role in this extinction event.

There is also another large volcanic complex known as the Siberian Traps of northern Russia. Unrelated to the Deccan Traps, and much older (~250 million years), the Siberian Traps have been linked to an earlier mass extinction event at the end of the Permian Period.

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Such impressive geology captured perfectly with a great depth feeling Subhash, but the slight vignetting in the corners interferes with the scene's beauty, I think...

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2010-03-17 10:47]
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beautiful picture sir !!!!
belated birthday wishes :)
mahabaleshwar is an amazing place to visit!!
i liked the point where rocks look like 3-4 monkeys are sitting :-)


Ah yes, there is a rock formation that resembles a pair of monkeys looking over the canyon.
Well, the Deccan Traps were in science new recently as a council of scientists declared the Chixclub meteor was the extinction event world-wide, while the Indian volcanic eruptions caused regional extinction.
Perhaps in 10 years we'll discover the DIV (dinosaur immuno-suppressant virus) that really killed the beasts)

Hallo Subhash
A belated happy birthday to you, and you have given yourself a beautiful landscape as gift. Thanks for sharing it with us too. The mist in the scene makes this image very mysterious and the atmosphere hits you right between the eyes. It is a very nice, dramatic and impressive. Thanks for sharing, and thanks also for the interesting note supplied. Best regards.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-03-18 11:05]

Hi Subhash,
A very interesting picture.
Superb colors and details. Excellent this mountainous landscape.
Have a great day,

hello Subhash

another of your great mountain photos with always choosing
the best POVs for this kind of photos, i love the foggy background,



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