Awakening volcanic region in Iceland 'could cause disruption for centuries'

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Volcanic activity is escalating in a region of Iceland that has not erupted for 800 years, with scientists warning it could cause disruption for centuries to come.

Since 21 January, the Reykjanes peninsula south-west of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, has experienced more than 8,000 earthquakes and about 10cm of land uplift due to magma intrusions underground.
 

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The last period of activity in Reykjanes coincided with the Medieval Warm Period - could the awakening activity in this region be somehow related to global temperatures?
 

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So Iceland is trying to outrun the rising sea levels, ehh? Might have the right idea.
As far as I know nobody has linked volcanism with climate except through the effects of volcanoes spewing mega-tons of dust into the air! Should we be looking at how climate change affects volcanism?
 

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As far as I know nobody has linked volcanism with climate except through the effects of volcanoes spewing mega-tons of dust into the air! Should we be looking at how climate change affects volcanism?

It's a two way street.

More ice, less water in the oceans = less presure in the trenches = tectonic sea bed growth = more volacanoes = more dust = more cooling.

Throw in the extra gases such as cabon dioxide (from forest burning, eruptions, and sub ocean methane escape).

Going the other way, more ice melt = higher sea levels = less land = less vegitation = less cabon dioxide = warmer temperatures = more ice melt

Mix it all together and call it, oh I don't know "Earth" maybe.
 

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