Sunday, April 06, 2008

Warming Globe May Increase Volcanic Activity

Every day it seems scientists are uncovering a surprising new consequence of global warming. Today it's volcanic activity according to a report at New Scientist.

It seems like a long-shot, but as ice caps melt and sea levels rise, pressure on the Earth's crust is going to be shifting around. As the stress is relieved in some areas, increased in others, volcanic activity may appear in new places and the frequency of activity in regular spots may increase. For example, in some arctic regions, the period between eruptions may shrink from 58 to 30 years.

According to one expert, "We are going to see a massive increase in volcanic activity globally… if we look back at previous warm periods, that is what happened."


Hawaii's Pu'u 'O'o Erupts in 1983 (Photograph by J.D. Griggs, courtesy USGS)

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