Study Reveals Influence of Underwater Volcanic Eruptions on Climate

February 8, 2015 8:05 AM

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Scientists are studying about the impact of volcanoes deep within the sea and it has been revealed that they have a prominent influence on climate change. Sea-floor volcanoes expelling molten rock have been found to be associated with historical changes in the orbit and environment of the Earth. According to a scientist at the Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Edward Baker, “We don’t usually think of eruptions as being affected by very small changes-astronomical changes and sea levels rising and falling, and the Earth spinning around the sun at different distances. It’s another way of understanding how the Earth works.”

Geophysicist, Maya Tolstoy from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory explained that such volcanic eruptions were once thought to be slow and steady but they actually erupt in the form of bursts, lasting from two weeks to 100,000 years and having a regular pattern. Owing to their st...

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