How Small Volcanic Eruptions Can Affect Global Climate

LiveScience: Even small volcanic eruptions could have a big impact on global climate, new research suggests. A relatively small eruption in the summer of 2011 produced gases such as sulfur dioxide that reached high in the atmosphere and spread throughout the Northern Hemisphere, combining with water vapor and forming particles that reflect light and prevent it from reaching Earth, thus potentially resulting in a cooling effect, according to a study detailed in the July 6 issue of the journal Science. Previously,......

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