Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Deep beneath MELTING ANTARCTIC ice: An active VOLCANO

Pity poor Antarctica: already shedding its land (but not its sea) ice, it's now been found to conceal a volcano of some considerable size beneath its frosty coating.

Like a nicotine addict making a desperate attempt to hide in an airline toilet, this smoker had itself hidden – but instead of a couple of centimetres of door, its presence was concealed underneath the glaciers in the vicinity of Mount Sidley.

There are also a great many active underwater volcanos that impact upon the environment that are not measured in climate studies. We already know that large scale eruptions impact the global climate when they occur on the surface - one would expect some level of impact, perhaps only locally - to the oceans from any undersea eruptions.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 19th, 2013.]

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