Toxic Vents (IMAGE) Washington State University Caption WSU researchers sampled sulfur dioxide trapped in rock near lava vents to gauge how much gas was put in the air by massive basalt flows 16.5 million years ago. The inset map shows the extent of the flows, with the region in the black line showing the Wapshilla Ridge flow that emitted more than 200 billion tons of sulfur dioxide. Credit WSU Usage Restrictions None License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.