Skip to comments.Antarctic volcanoes identified as a possible culprit in glacier melting
Posted on 01/20/2008 8:02:37 PM PST by RDTF
Another factor might be contributing to the thinning of some of the Antarctica's glaciers: volcanoes.
In an article published Sunday on the Web site of the journal Nature Geoscience, Hugh Corr and David Vaughan of the British Antarctic Survey report the identification of a layer of volcanic ash and glass shards frozen within an ice sheet in western Antarctica.
"This is the first time we have seen a volcano beneath the ice sheet punch a hole through the ice sheet" in Antarctica, Vaughan said.
Volcanic heat could still be melting ice to water and contributing to thinning and speeding up of the Pine Island glacier, which passes nearby, but Vaughan said he doubted that it could be affecting other glaciers in western Antarctica, which have also thinned in recent years. Most glaciologists, including Vaughan, say that warmer ocean water is the primary cause of thinning.
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Karl Rove HAS certainly been busy since leaving the WH, hasn’t he?
I guess we saw a smaller version of this phenomenon in Iceland in the nineties when the Grimsvotn volcano blasted through the Vatnajokll glacier and the resultant outflow took out the coastal highway.
No kidding. Something besides CO2? Who’d a thought?
Clearly not the *scientists* who are investigating global warming.
Yeah, but aren’t volcanoes caused by global warming?
“weather” beneath our feet.
“weather” in space.
Al Gore, there is more in heaven and earth then dreampt of in your philosophy.
Nowhere is the evidence of global warming as striking than near the earths poles. CBS News correspondent Scott Pelleys report brings him to the top and the bottom of the world, where scientists point out the effects of the warming trend. He also speaks to NASAs top scientist studying climate, who says the Bush administration has restricted what he can say about global warming.
But, wait. They would have ignored it anyway or quoted the British scientist who said, interesting but global warming is more important:
"It may be possible that heat from the volcano has caused some of that acceleration," says British Antarctic Survey professor David Vaughan, who stresses though that global warming is by far the greater likelier cause.
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This isn’t even really a new theory. When I searched here to see of this was already posted, I saw articles mentioning this connection in 05 and 06
This was on the news Saturday night (I think NBC) and they were blaming it on global warming. The “fact” that global warming could reach down nearly 2 miles through solid ice was said to be a grave concern and an unsolved mystery as to how man affects the climate.
We just need to put a stop to this. Volcanoes are illegal! We dont like them, so they should not exist! Volcanoes are a violation of my living constitutional rights!
I demand the right to live a volcanic ash free life!
Someone needs to organize a music concert to raise awareness against volcanoes!
Did you hear that rethuglicans want to give volcanoes an unfair tax break?
But, the volcanoes that come from across the border are ok. Illegal volcanoes, doing the erupting that American volcanoes wont do!
No , no it’s SUV’s
How do you blame volcanoes on “man?”
And, although no volcanoes have erupted under the ice, magma under Greenland turns out to be the heat source causing the ‘ice river’ that so exercised the AGW crowd when it was first discovered.
One wonders whether volcanic activity under the arctic ice cap in general is contributing to (or even is the main cause of) the unusually large sea ice melt this past summer.
It’s all of that oil drilling, dontcha know. Sticking those little probes into the Earth and upsetting the balance of the underworld. We’re naughty, naughty creatures!
Will wonders never cease ____________ ?
rofl!!! good one.
Something must be done or we will all soon be roasted like salted peanuts!
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See? Global warming is so powerful that it even creates volcanos! There were no volcanos before the evil internal-combustion engine was created and now, thanks to capitalism, the earth’s surface will soon be covered in lava. I think this could be the theme of Al Gore’s next movie.
Personally, I think tofu is a culprit in glacier melting. Also skateboarding - that causes 37% of it. And sushi, there’s another 4%.
Nah, ya think?
Thanks Reform Canada.
related / similar:
Massive volcano exploded under Antarctic icesheet, study finds
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Posted on 01/20/2008 7:13:34 PM EST by NormsRevenge
Hey! Speak English so the rest of us can understand you! ;o)
Just kidding. I'd love to go to Iceland someday. Just finished reading "Red Storm Rising" for about the 6th time. I love the names of all the places. We knew a couple from Reykjavik when hubby was in Grad School. They were the nicest folks.
Pine Island Glacier, which is a very small area of the whole continent, is the ONLY part of Antarctica that is melting!
The rest is getting COLDER !
Worst case of a local neighborhood volcano happened in Mexico nearly a century ago when one popped up in a guy's cornfield.
Definitely some bad ju ju.
It's been a laugh riot listening to the environazis tell us this would be the first time "fire melted ice"(paraphrasing Roseanne O'Donnell)
Paracutin let rip in 1943.
there are also volcanoes melting ice in greenland
You mean to tell me that 1300-2200° rock can melt -60° ice??
Volcanoes. Yeah, but what causes volcanoes? Global Warming!!
Antarctic volcanoes identified as a possible culprit in glacier melting ...
don’t tell al bore!!!
Hotbed of Volcanic Activity Found Beneath Arctic Ocean; Posted on 07/01/2003
That thread, from 2003, has these links, and several others.
You mean, you mean, that eeeeevil man might not be responsible? How dare you suggest that nature might be involved? (/sarc)
I heard an interview months ago where the scientist said that there has been an increase in undersea volcanic activity way up there that has been warming the water
Oops, didn't mean the Antarctic but rather up Alaska way.......
However the explosion of the Tambora volcano in the 1815 caused global cooling and 1816 was dubbed “the year without a summer”. In any account, Al Gore’s dogma of man made global warming is pure bunk.
Ha!! Thanks for that! I hope Lynne has a copy.
Damn. Just when Algore thought he had us on the hook for those hated SUV’s, this has to pop up.
And still we have idiots like McCain spewing the GloBULL warming shiite.
Logical people don’t. environmentalists, on the other hand...
Don’t forget cow farts...
Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution. Thanks Reform Canada.
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“Another factor might be contributing to the thinning of some of the Antarctica’s glaciers: volcanoes.”
THE FACTOR contributing to melting icecaps is an increase in temperature.
THE FACTOR contributing to Humidity turning into icecaps is a decrease in temperature.
THE FACTOR contributing to an increase or decrease in temperature is the output from the SUN.
(Do I get a NOBEL PRIZE?)