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Undersea volcanic eruption in Tonga
heating the water?
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19 Mar 09 - Sea Surface Temperature (SST) maps show a warm anomaly in the Tonga that extends off to the east, says Steven Goddard in a post on wattsupwiththat.com.

Is that anomaly a result of the underwater volcano, asks Goddard, or just a coincidence?
 

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http://weather.unisys.com/surface/sst_anom.html

Might underwater volcanoes be heating other oceanic areas? Goddard wonders.

“We know that the Antarctic Peninsula (advertised as the fastest warming place on the planet) is a volcanic chain which has seen recent activity,” says Goddard.

Experts tell us that volcanoes under the ice can’t affect climate on the surface, Goddard continues, and yet, CO2 on the surface reportedly can affect the melting of the ice.

The Arctic Ocean’s Gakkel Ridge, another area peppered with active underwater volcanoes, had eruptions last year. The Gakkel Ridge is “a simmering necklace of volcanoes and hot-water vents,” says New York Times writer Andrew Revkin.

And yet, oceanographic experts claim that it is impossible for the sea ice above to be affected by the underwater volcanoes.

We’re supposed to believe that "increases of 0.0001 atmospheric CO2 concentration may be more powerful at affecting localized micro-climates than are 2000-degree volcanoes?"

            Three cheers for Steven Goddard.

See entire article:
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/03/19/undersea-volcanic-eruption-in-tonga/
Thanks to Larry Lund for this link

  

 

 

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