OK, I’m a sucker for a good volcano.
That is a typical underwater volcano. I love to watch them. Something eerie looking, kinda alien. So, I finally found a story that gives me the opportunity to show a video of one. Here’s today’s story:
Hidden 2.5 miles (4,000 meters) beneath the Arctic surface, the volcanoes are up to a mile (2,000 meters) in diameter and a few hundred yards tall. They formed along the Gakkel Ridge, a lengthy crack in the ocean crust where two rocky plates are spreading apart, pulling new melted rock to the surface……
Which, I read with special interest since CNN ran a poll about the story of the polar ice caps melting entirely this summer. There has been quite a bit of media interest and speculation as to why the polar ice caps are melting. Now, we had been through this scenario before. Everything was melting in Greenland, and it was all man’s fault. Until, that is, they figured out there was a large volcano underneath Greenland heating everything up. Once they figured that out, Greenland hasn’t been mentioned since in the global warming debate and the polar ice caps immediately started melting. Not one person thought to see if the same thing was happening at the North Pole as it was in Greenland. Well, now that they have found that the same thing IS happening at the North Pole, this is what they figured out:
“We don’t believe the volcanoes had much effect on the overlying ice,” Reeves-Sohn told LiveScience, “but they seem to have had a major impact on the overlying water column.”
Now, I’m inclined to believe they don’t want to believe it has any effect on the overlying ice. My limited science background does tell me that heat rises. And, it also tells me volcanoes are very hot. Now, granted these volcanoes are under a lot of water, that heat still has to go somewhere. It just bugs me that although “scientists” are more than willing to research the connection of gases moving from continental US and photosynthesizing over the Arctic, thereby trapping the sun’s rays closer to earth and slightly warming the atmosphere by less than five degrees and thereby causing all of the ice at the North Pole to melt, they are unwilling apparently to explore the concept that a volcano releasing lava at 1,250 degrees directly below the ice would melt it.
Maybe it’s just me, but I would hope anyone reading these articles will scratch their heads as well.
My bet, in the not too distant future, someone is going to hypothesize that the extreme heat of those underwater volcanoes is contributing to the melting ice directly above them.
A LOT has been made of Greenland’s ice melting. I mean, a LOT. National Geographic ran an in-depth article about just how bad man has destroyed Greenland just about a year ago. Some snippets to give you an idea just how bad it is. The headline itself starts you off:
Global Warming: Greenland: When It’s Hot
And they don’t slow down from there:
Since Steffen established Swiss Camp 16 years ago, much has changed. Global warming has evolved from an obscure concern of environmentalists to a headline-grabbing motion picture–inspiring crisis of staggering proportions. Due to something called the polar amplification effect, Greenland is heating up at an exponential rate and has become a kind of barometer for the rest of the planet. What happens here in the next ten years will answer key questions about how much the Earth will warm in the next hundred. That is why there were more scientists out on the ice this year than ever before—the United States’ National Science Foundation alone helped fund 144 researchers, three times as many as in 2000. They’re all scrambling to track the tremendous changes while working against the narrowing window between winter storms and a melt season that turns the cap into a slush field mined with scientist-swallowing crevasses.
Things are so bad in Greenland that people like Robert Roy Britt of Livescience use it as the ultimate justifcation of how stupid people are who question how much we actually know about what is going on. He has no doubt whatsoever that the warming permafrost in Greenland is all man’s fault.
Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth cites Greenland as a prime example of what’s going on. A lot of people just jumped on his bandwagon. Greenland was the poster boy for everything from the warming of ocean currents to polar bears’ shinking nuts.
Only one problem tho. It is now becoming evident, THROUGH SCIENCE, that the warming of Greenland may have nothing to do with man at all:
The newly discovered hotspot, an area where Earth’s crust is thinner, allowing hot magma from Earth’s mantle to come closer to the surface, is just below the ice sheet and could have caused it to form, von Frese and his team suggest.
“Where the crust is thicker, things are cooler, and where it’s thinner, things are warmer,” von Frese explained. “And under a big place like Greenland or Antarctica, natural variations in the crust will makes some parts of the ice sheet warmer than others.”
What caused the hotspot to suddenly form is another mystery.
“It could be that there’s a volcano down there,” he said, “but we think it’s probably just the way the heat is being distributed by the rock topography at the base of the ice.”
That article in Livescience was not written by Robert Roy Britt. Apparently he doesn’t read the articles that don’t support is opinion. I doubt you’ll hear any sigh of relief from Al Gore’s bunch either.
Now, at the risk of being insulted and taunted, I again will ask the same question I’ve always asked. How much of the climate change in Greenland is actually man’s fault? Apparently quite a bit of the fault lies with Earth.
That’s a lot of ash. Seems to be a big year for volcanic activity so far. Wonder how much this is affecting global cooling?
This pic was taken from ISS and most likely they were the first people to know it was erupting. Very cool.
Makes me wonder what all that ash is going to do to the world’s environment. And to think,. there’s a couple more very likely to blow their tops in similar fashion right about now. This ain’t exactly a comet strike philosophy either, this happens a lot. Now, I could very easily turn this into a conspiracy theory by pointing out that New England is flooding and that the weather here is closer to the all-time record lows (26 degrees) than the all-time highs (91 degrees). But, since a natural phenomena causing global cooling is the farthest thing in the world from the current politically correct paranoia, I won’t mention it. I’ll just wait till the scientists start scaring us with “the next ice age” again.
I was perusing the Cambridge Large Volume Explosive Eruption database from a conversation I was having. It has some pretty cool background info on all the large volcanoes throughout history. One thing kinda stuck out at me:
|United States of America||82||21.46||100|
|Papua New Guinea||7||10.71||17|
|Cape Verde Islands||1||9.||9|
I think I’m gonna move to Aruba.