Somewhere some academics are trying to prove that Global Warming causes everything. The latest addition to the list is volcanoes. Apparently all that melting ice and glaciers is going to cause volcanoes to erupt more frequently and violently.
…a planet running a fever is just like a person running a fever…
So what is the planet’s “normal” temperature again?
“As the glaciers melt, the pressure on the underlying rocks decreases,” Compton said in an e-mail to TIME. “Rocks at very high temperatures may stay in their solid phase if the pressure is high enough. As you reduce the pressure, you effectively lower the melting temperature.” The result is a softer, more molten subsurface, which increases the amount of eruptive material lying around and makes it easier for more deeply buried magma chambers to escape their confinement and blow the whole mess through the surface.
Apparently man is so all powerful that we can control weather, steer hurricanes, and now even cause volcanoes to errupt.