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A Volcano & Climate Change

A Volcano & Climate Change

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Sunday, December 9, 2018/Categories: natural history, video, sustainability, environment, climate change

                              Mount Meager Glacial Ice Cap (credit: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Climate change isn't only about amplified thunderstorms and mega-fires but the changing atmospheric conditions can even impact a volcano. Canada's Mount Meager massif, near the famous Whistler ski resort, shows ominous signs of coming back to life. The last volcanic activity of the mountain was nearly 2400 years ago during the time of the ancient Greeks. That eruption was Canada's largest known in the last 10,000 years. According to research by the Canadian Geological Survey, the Mount Meager massif includes cinder cones, calderas, stratovolcanoes, and sub-glacial volcanoes buried under an ice sheet.

Standing over 8700 feet high, Mount Meager is covered by glacial ice, capping the volcano not unlike a plug. It is this glacial ice plug that is degenerating opening up the volcano's interior. A recent investigation by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), illustrates the extent of climate change impact to the mountain's ice-cap.



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