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What Would Happen to the World if a Supervolcano Erupted?

4 weeks ago
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In a move reminiscent of a blockbuster movie plot, NASA has proposed ambitious plans to thwart the cataclysmic potential of supervolcanoes, should signs of an impending eruption arise.

However, recent research suggests that such drastic measures might not be necessary, as new findings shed light on the relatively moderate impact of super-eruptions on Earth's climate.

Insights from NASA's Research

A groundbreaking study conducted by NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University challenges long-held beliefs about the global consequences of super-eruptions.

Contrary to popular belief, the research indicates that the immense volumes of gases and ash emitted during a super-eruption may not plunge the planet into a deep, cold volcanic winter.

Lead author Zachary McGraw underscores the study's findings, emphasizing that the relatively modest temperature changes projected by the research provide a compelling explanation for the absence of widespread catastrophe following previous super-eruptions.

Published in the esteemed Journal of Climate, the study offers a groundbreaking perspective on the potential impacts of these rare geological events.



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