Elements: Large Igneous Provinces: Versatile Drivers of Global Change

December 13, 2023

Earth’s history is punctuated by volcanic episodes at a scale never witnessed by humans, known as large igneous provinces (LIPs). These extraordinary volcanic and tectonic events are associated with profound changes to planet Earth, including its climate and habitability. One of the major factors controlling the impacts of LIPs is the cocktail of gases emitted to the atmosphere and oceans. In this issue of Elements, we explore the versatile impacts of LIPs, from their connections to mass extinctions in aquatic and terrestrial environments to climate warming and global icehouse events. This issue also highlights our current understanding of subterranean architectures of LIPs, processes and consequences of interaction between LIP magma and surrounding crustal rocks, and advances in the timing of intrusive events.

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