3 Nov 10 - The news is all about the Tuesday’s U.S. elections, but some
of us are concerned about the news on Monday regarding a possible
eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland. Never heard of it? You
Grimsvotn is the most active volcano in Iceland. The one that made a lot
of news earlier in 2010 was Eyjafjallajokull that, while relatively
small, generated such a huge cloud of ash that it disrupted air travel
across western and northern Europe for six days in April.
Here’s why volcano watchers around the world are on high alert.
This past week, in Indonesia, after a tsunami killed several hundred
people, Mount Merapi rumbled to life forcing thousands to flee back to
evacuation centers as 38 lava avalanches occurred with pyroclastic flows
down the south and west slopes running outward for seven kilometers.
They incinerate everything in their path.
In August, a volcano on Sumatra erupted for the first time in 400 years.
There is a “Ring of Fire” that stretches approximately 25,000 miles in a
horseshoe from eastern Asia to the western shores of North and South
America. It has 452 volcanoes of which 75% are the world’s most active
On August 25, Italy’s Etna volcano and Columbia’s Galeros volcano both
In the U.S. the last major volcanic eruption was Mount St. Helens in
1980, but it is just one volcano in Washington State that includes Mount
Baker, Glacier Peak, Mount Adams, and Mount Rainier, all part of a
Cascade Range that reaches down into California. Mount Rainer is a
massive stratovolcano located just 54 miles southeast of Seattle.
In June 1991, Mount Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines sending millions
of tons of ash and dust into the Earth’s atmosphere. It caused the
global temperature to drop at least a degree or two for a few years.
Why talk about volcanoes in the aftermath of a historic election?
Because there has been a significant increase in volcanic activity of
late. That is never a good thing.
In his book, “Not by Fire but by Ice” the foremost authority on ice ages
and magnetic reversals, Robert W. Felix, quoted Peter Vogt of the U.S.
Naval Oceanographic Office who warned that, “Almost all tectonic
movement can be linked to magnetic reversals. Seafloor spreading, sea
level changes, mountain growth, earthquakes, and volcanism all seem to
speed up whenever the frequency of reversals speeds up.”
Magnetic reversals are part of the cycles scientists have determined
existed over the 4.5 billion years of the Earth’s existence. They range
from the most ancient, the Devonian, to the Holocene, from 10,000 years
ago to the present. “At least twelve (magnetic) reversals can be linked
to extinctions and climatic deterioration during the last three million
years alone,” says Felix.
Significantly, the aftermath of magnetic reversals are linked to the
emergence of new species in ways that Charles Darwin never knew or
dreamed of. What we call “evolution” is far more likely the result of
“Mass extinctions have been the rule, rather than the exception, for the
3.5 billion years that life has existed on this planet,” says Felix.
One of those species is Homo sapiens, human beings, and we have existed
for a mere 200,000 years. Civilization as we know it is about 5,000
years old; a blink of the eye in terms of the age of the Earth.
Thus, all this volcanic activity occurring around the world may be
signaling the advent of a new magnetic reversal and, as bad as volcanoes
are, a magnetic reversal is the very definition of a cataclysm on such
an order that it defies the imagination. Think of the sudden end of
I tell you this because of all the blather of biodiversity, predicted
species extinctions, and similar nonsense that is now following in the
wake of the corpse formerly known as “global warming.” It is the new
The real action is that of the Earth and the Sun. Though a predictable
solar cycle, the Sun has gone “quiet” of late with few sunspots, the
popular name for gigantic magnetic storms seen on the surface of the
Sun. They almost always precede cooling cycles of shorter or longer
duration and the worst of these are ice ages.
We are at the end of the latest interglacial period of 11,500 years and
the next ice age will come on with blinding speed.
When you tie volcanic activity, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural
events together, it behooves the human race to be far more humble about
our so-called affect on the Earth’s environment. Our home is a small
planet in a very large universe.
Editor’s Note: For more information, visit
http://www.iceagenow.com/ and read Robert W. Felix’s books, “Not by
Fire, but by Ice” and “Magnetic Reversals and Evolutionary Leaps.”
© Alan Caruba, 2010
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