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Volcanoes and Climate Change
Major volcanic eruptions alter the Earth's radiative balance, as volcanic ash and gas clouds absorb terrestrial radiation and scatter a significant amount of the incoming solar radiation, an effect known as "radiative forcing" that can last from two to three years following a volcanic eruption. This results in reduced temperatures in the troposphere, and changes in atmospheric circulation patterns. This site uses text, photographs, and links to related sites to describe volcano-induced climate change.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Photograph
  • Text:
    • Journal article
Subject:
  • Atmospheric science
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
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DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-Edmall-2746
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Contributor: NASA Distributed Active Archive Centers