Volcanic Eruption Can Block Solar Radiation

January 14, 2015 3:07 PM

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Volcanic Eruption Can Block Solar Radiation

Scientists have known for a very long time that volcanic eruption can contribute to the cooling of its surrounding region because volcanic emissions can reflect sunshine, and thus heat from the sun.

This happens when sulfur dioxide is ejected from the volcano and forms droplets of sulfuric acid in the atmosphere when it combines with the surrounding oxygen This makes its way to the upper atmosphere and blocks solar radiation.

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