- Will this cooling of Eyjafjallajökull set off a more powerful eruption (which has a potential to be 10 times stronger) of Mt. Katla, which is a volcano at a distance of 8 miles from Eyjafjallajökull?
Past events point at the possibility that it very well may. Eyjafjallajökull has erupted three times so far in time; Mt. Katla has done so as well, each of those times.
Now, I get to the crux of today’s post.
- Did the change in climatic conditions on Earth cause this volcanic eruption? The unanimous answer to that seems a resounding NO. Good!
However, a percentage of the scientific community strongly believes that melting of glaciers and ice caps, set off by global warming, could cause more volcanic action in the future in Iceland and an increase in earthquakes in Alaska.
- The melting ice caps in the coming decades, a reaction to the climatic change on Earth, take a vast weight off the top of the volcanoes in the region of Iceland. This in turn frees magma from below ground causing more eruptions**.
- Similarly, when glaciers melt, they lighten up the load on the tectonic plates on Earth’s crust. The result? The plates, now free of load, may move against each other, causing friction, which in turn manifests itself as earthquakes.**
Is this all true? I, for one, believe in these theories, though some people are laughing them away as skewed and unreasonable. Whichever side you tend to take, let me say this:
If it takes the fear of natural calamities, of this proportion, to bring to everyone’s attention the dire need to pitch in to protect our own backyard, then so be it!
I have seen some people who refuse to put their share into keeping their own environment clean, let alone others’. Their excuse? “Just my doing a little here and a little there isn’t going to help.” Really?
If each of the six billion people on Earth exhibits this kind of negative and escapist tendencies, then who does Earth turn to?
Some of the pictures taken during the Icelandic volcanic eruption show the resilient side of humanity. It’s a heartening sight, amid the chaos created by an angry nature.
If only everyone can show the same kind of persistence and ingenuity in protecting Earth, too!
- Nature at times behaves like a loving, but irascible, mother who snaps at her child who is refusing to take hints not to bother her too much.
- Is this why we are seeing more and more natural disasters every year?
- Could this be nature’s way of warning us not to push it?
So, what are you doing to keep your patch of Earth clean, green and happy?
** – See the following sites for more information:
- Ice cap thaw may awaken Icelandic volcanoes
- Will present day glacier retreat increase volcanic activity?
- Melting ice caps may trigger more volcanic eruption
- Retreating glaciers spur Alaskan Earthquakes