Saturday, April 17, 2010

Wow That Was Quick - Volcanoes and Global Warming!

Just as I lauded Rick Sanchez for not bringing this up, somebody else decides to:
A thaw of Iceland’s 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 on Friday.
What follows is pretty much all bafflegab and speculation, which seems to becoming more and more the style of these claims. I think Rick Sanchez could construct as solid an argument at this point: global warming will make Iceland warmer, and therefore there it will be more likely to find volcanoes there.
Steven Goddard analyzes and concludes (with some interesting challenges in the comments):
In short, the loss of all ice in Iceland would make the volcanoes less destructive.


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