10 May '12, 9am

Climate Change Will Trigger Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions

Climate Change Will Trigger Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions

There is growing evidence that some of the Earth’s most catastrophic geological events were triggered by changes in the climate. The melting of ice sheets and changes in sea level served as triggers to some of the world’s largest earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, according to British geologist Bill McGuire. The best evidence of climatic influence on geology is from around 12,000 years ago, the end of the last ice age. Recent studies of volcanic deposits, have shown that this period of rapid change, as the ice sheets retreated, coincided with an outburst in geological activity. Volcanic eruptions increased about 50 fold after the ice sheet retreated, and took around 1,500 years to return to the previous level. McGuire argues that the weight of ice, two kilometers thick over Iceland, kept pressure on the volcanoes and suppressed the eruptions. As the ice sheet retreated, t...

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