Monday, March 22, 2010

The Mayans were right!!

2012 will bring the END OF THE WORLD!!!!1!

Except it's Iceland that's starting a bit early....
Iceland sits on a large volcanic hot spot in the Atlantic's mid-oceanic ridge. Eruptions, common throughout Iceland's history, are often triggered by seismic activity when the Earth's plates move and when magma from deep underground pushes its way to the surface.

Like earthquakes, predicting the timing of volcanic eruptions is an imprecise science. An eruption at the Katla volcano could be disastrous, however — both for Iceland and other nations.

Iceland's Laki volcano erupted in 1783, freeing gases that turned into smog. The smog floated across the Jet Stream, changing weather patterns. Many died from gas poisoning in the British Isles. Crop production fell in western Europe. Famine spread. Some even linked the eruption, which helped fuel famine, to the French Revolution. Painters in the 18th century illustrated fiery sunsets in their works.

The winter of 1784 was also one of the longest and coldest on record in North America. New England reported a record stretch of below-zero temperatures and New Jersey reported record snow accumulation. The Mississippi River also reportedly froze in New Orleans.

"These are Hollywood-sort of scenarios but possible," said Colin Macpherson, a geologist with the University of Durham. "As the melt rises, it's a little like taking a cork out of a champagne bottle."

2 comments:

Ali said...

there's a book by Virginia Woolf, "Orlando", that takes the protagonist through the climate changes in England from the 16th century to the 20th. That's not what the book is about, but it was interesting to see how the cold came and went, then the smog arrived, etc. I thought it was all imaginary, or at least highly exaggerated, the first time I read it.

ellroon said...

Was Virginia Woolfe secretly Mayan?!!114:?