The evidence from a ten-year research project into the volcanoes of Central America indicates that climate change can also cause volcanic eruptions. Researchers have observations of ash layers in the seabed and have reconstructed the history of volcanic eruptions for the past 460,000 years. A clear match in patterns appeared after comparing previous patterns with the climate history. Periods of high volcanic activity followed fast global temperature increases and rapid melting of ice. Studies of other cores from the entire Pacific region also showed precisely the same pattern.
Featured image: Eyjafjallajökull eruption on May 13, 2010 (Credit: Sigurdur Jonsson/Wikipedia)