Underwater Volcanoes Influence World Climate

February 7, 2015 6:03 AM

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Underwater Volcanoes Influence World Climate

Influence of underwater volcanoes on climate change has been investigated during a recent study. Edward Baker is a scientist at the Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He says, “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.”

Baker goes on to say, “It’s important to keep in mind that, even on a 1,000-year time scale, human emissions of CO2 will continue to dominate climate change. That is, we cannot blame seafloor eruptions for the ongoing increase in atmospheric and oceanic CO2 concentrations.”

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