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Royal Society: Iceland volcano may have been triggered by global warming
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Periods of exceptional climate change in Earth history are associated with a dynamic response from the solid Earth, involving enhanced levels of potentially hazardous geological and geomorphological activity. This response is expressed through the adjustment, modulation or triggering of a wide range of surface and crustal phenomena, including volcanic and seismic activity, submarine and sub-aerial landslides, tsunamis and landslide splash waves glacial outburst and rock-dam failure floods, debris flows and gas-hydrate destabilisation. Looking ahead, modelling studies and projection of current trends point towards increased risk in relation to a spectrum of geological and geomorphological hazards in a world warmed by anthropogenic climate change, while observations suggest that the ongoing rise in global average temperatures may already be eliciting a hazardous response from the geosphere.


"Lots of people have asked me whether there has been any connection between global warming and the recent earthquakes and other geological activity. Today, the UKs Royal Society published an amazingly timely special series of scientific papers on the topic. Seven leading experts co-authored the editors introduction (quoted above).

Reuters reported on Friday, 'A thaw of Icelands ice caps in coming decades caused by climate change may trigger more volcanic eruptions by removing a vast weight and freeing magma from deep below ground, scientists said.' Last week, FoxNews reported, 'A huge glacier has broken off and plunged into a lake in Peru sparking a 23-meter high tsunami wave that destroyed a nearby town.' Local governor Cesar Alvarez said: 'Because of global warming the glaciers are going to detach and fall on these overflowing lakes. This is what happened.'"

http://climateprogress.org/2010/04/19/global-warming-link-volcanoes-earthquakes-landslides-tsunamis-royal-society-scientists/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+climateprogress%2FlCrX+%28Climate+Progress%29

It's going to be a wild ride.



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