Wednesday, 16 December 2009

It's not Global Warming, it's Ocean Warming

29 May 09 - Marine scientists have discovered a massive
underwater volcano off Indonesia’s western coast. The 4,600m
(15,000ft) mountain spans 30 miles at its base, with its summit
some 1,300 meters below the surface. Its discovery was
"completely unexpected."

7 May 09 – “An active underwater volcano near the island
of Guam erupts so frequently that it has built a new cone 131ft
high (13 stories) and 984ft wide in just three years.

19 Mar 09 – Spectacular columns of steam and smoke spewed
out of the seaabout 6 miles (10 km) from the main island of Tongatapu
- an area where up to36 undersea volcanoes are clustered. Large
amounts of pumice from the volcano will likely clog beaches on the
southern coast of nearby Fiji islands shortly.

24 Jul 08 – “Many miles inside the Arctic Circle, scientists have found
vents of scalding liquid rising out of the seafloor at temperatures that are
more than twice the boiling point of water.

13 Dec 07 - Scientists have found at least one natural-magma hotspot under
the Greenland Ice Sheet where heat from Earth’s insides could seep through

At present there are record cold temperatures in the USA yet we see warming in the Arctic regions and other parts of the ocean. It is possible that the role of undersea volcanism has been underestimated.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 16th, 2009.]

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