Volcanic eruptions’ effect on climate change

Volcanic eruptions’ effect on climate change

Volcanic eruptions’ effect on climate change

05/12/17

“How do volcanic eruptions affect climate change?”

 

Volcanoes are famous for their mighty and breathtaking eruptions. However, many astute individuals are curious about how such phenomena can affect global temperatures. Well, let’s use our scientific mindset to find out. When volcanoes erupt, a multitude of particles is launched from the Earth’s interior and into the atmosphere. Some of these particles are composed of elements such as sulfur dioxide that block the sun’s rays and induce local cooling, while others are made of heat-trapping greenhouse gasses such as carbon dioxide. However, the effects of the latter are quite minuscule in comparison with the former, and if the particles are able to escape into the stratosphere, then a slight drop in temperatures over a large vicinity of the planet will be observed.

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