Two new studies show climate affected by geological forces

After ten years of research the Plate Climatology Theory was formally introduced on October 7th, 2014 in a previous Climate Change Dispatch (CCD) post. Recently the theory was presented at the American Meteorological Society Annual convention in New Orleans on January 13, 2016, (refer here) thereby marking it “published” by a major and well recognized scientific organization.

Figure 1) Geological heat flow from earth’s mantle is here shown breaking through earth’s outer crust thereby altering earth’s oceans, atmosphere, and climate.Figure 1. Geological heat flow from earth’s mantle is here shown breaking through earth’s outer crust thereby altering earth’s oceans, atmosphere, and climate.

Now two recently published peer-reviewed studies, one from Harvard and the other from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, show the basic tenets of Plate Climatology Theory essentially correct. (see end for references)

Geological Forces play a major role in influencing climate and climate related events!

These studies both confirm that periods of active volcanism, tectonism (earthquake faulting), and associated chemically charged heat and fluid flow from earth’s major upper crustal continental drift plate boundaries directly affects Earth’s climate in a dramatic fashion, most notably by starting and stopping ancient glacial ice periods (Ice Ages).

This is a monumental step forward for Plate Climatology Theory.

This is because when the conclusions of the two above-mentioned studies is considered in context with a broad list of other ways geological forces influence or in some cases drive climate trends and climate related events:

  • Generate all El Niños / La Niñas events
  • Melting of selected Antarctic Glaciers located atop the giant West Antarctic Rift / Fault System
  • Melting of the base of the Arctic Sea Ice
  • Slowing down the Gulf Stream ocean current
  • Emitting significant amounts of methane and CO2 into the atmosphere
  • Acting like deep ocean “forest fires” to diversify and spread coral reefs
  • Significantly influence plankton blooms which largely control earth’s atmospheric oxygen content
  • Significantly influence the temperature and chemistry of the oceans
  • Act in concert with normal atmospheric processes to control earth’s climate

Numerous CCD posts during the last two years provide the reader with additional details that document the validity of the above bullets. An overview of the theory is:

The Sun, quite obviously, is the first order driver of earth’s climate, but a much neglected second order driver can contribute significantly to natural variations. The overall theory contends that periods of active earth tectonics and volcanism can be correlated to periods of active climate change and climate related events. To describe this new theory, the term Plate Climatology is designated.

In general, increased tectonic activity, either locally or globally, equates to more faulting and volcanic activity which leads to more heat and chemically charged fluid (air or liquid phase) release from these active geological features into both the oceans and atmosphere.

Altered heat and fluid input equate to climate change.

This effect has been largely hidden from scientific investigation because the heat and fluid release is primarily from two under explored/under monitored regions. First, earth’s Deep Oceans which contain major geological features such as Divergent Plate Boundaries (tectonic plate pull-apart boundaries), Transform Plate Boundaries (tectonic plate side sliding boundaries), Convergent Plate Boundaries (Subduction and Abduction Zones), and High Heat Flow Volcanic regions. The associated heat and fluid release from these geological features acts to alter ocean temperatures, densities, and chemical compositions. The “Altered Oceans” then influence or drive climate changes and climate related events.

Secondly, earth’s Polar Ice Caps which contain major geological features such as: Divergent (tectonic plate pull-apart boundaries), Transform Plate Boundaries (tectonic plate side sliding boundaries), and High Heat Flow Volcanic regions. The associated heat and fluid release from these geological features acts to alter sub-ice sheet temperatures. The altered Sub-Glacial Ice Sheets then influence or drive climate changes and climate related events.

Many connections between Geology and Climate are explored and explained in this theory.

Validation of the Plate Climatology Theory marks the beginning of a new era concerning how we move forward with research of, and more importantly reshape our views of what influences earth’s climate. It is now obvious that the study of climate must include many varying but interconnected aspects; atmospheric, oceanic, biologic, astronomical, and yes geologic.

It has always made common sense that if major geological plate boundary geological phenomenon have the power to move continents 2-3 centimeters per year, frequently create large tsunamis that mix thousands of feet of ocean column, support vast chemosynthetic communities, and contain 90% of the planets known active volcanoes that they can certainly/easily influence our climate and climate related events in a dramatic fashion. However it is no longer necessary to rely on just common sense when judging the validity of the Plate Climatology Theory (PCT). An absolutely mountain of compelling, diverse, and mainstream research now proves that the PCT is correct.

Not yet convinced? Check with scientists from Lamont Doherty and Harvard.

Note from author: Special thanks to the folks at Climate Change Dispatch for believing in, editing, and posting a theory from an unknown, non-university, and non-governmental geologist. CCD provided me with a vehicle to get my theory out to the public when other more mainstream outlets locked me out. It is important to note that in the now two years of association with CCD they never once asked me to alter / “sugar coat” any of the facts. To the contrary, whenever they found a technical error or misstatement in one of my articles they asked that I correct it, no matter the consequences. CCD is an excellent example of how the American Free Press System and the process of freelance journalism should work.



James Edward Kamis is a working Professional Geologist with an MS in Geology and AAPG member of 42 years who has always been fascinated by the connection between Geology and Climate. Years of research / observation starting in year 2005 have convinced him that the Earth’s Heat Flow Engine, which drives the outer crustal plates, is also an important driver of the Earth’s climate.

References:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2014GL063015/full

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120130131509.htm

http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/news-events/seafloor-volcano-pulses-may-alter-climate

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6SQ933WCJo

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    4TimesAYear

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    I knew it. Hopefully alarmists will have to sit up and take note now.

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    Me

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    Well Gator says he is a geologist?

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    JayPee

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    @4 times

    The alarmists have a political agenda. It matters not when science and truth controvert that agenda.

    They will ignore science and truth and advance the agenda anyway.

    AGENDA UBER ALLES

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    Me

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    [quote name=”JayPee”]@4 times

    The alarmists have a political agenda. It matters not when science and truth controvert that agenda.

    They will ignore science and truth and advance the agenda anyway.

    AGENDA UBER ALLES[/quote]

    And still? This is a certains persons SME, Still Nothing heard fron that so called SME!

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    Me

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    SME is Subject Matter Expert. If ya didn’t know!

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    ken

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    So are you saying Human activity and Carbon based fuels have nothing to do with climate change?

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    JayPee

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    @ken

    Yes, I believe that is what is being said.

    Would you care to prove otherwise ?

    Do you have proof otherwise ?

    Or would you care to cite idiot authority who have no proof either.

    How about the

    FACT

    that there is

    NO

    scientific proof of a

    greenhouse effect ?

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    Gator

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    Frederic, please show us just where in the abstract humans are blamed for deglaciation…

    [i]An evaluation of the historical record of volcanic eruptions shows that subaerial volcanism increases globally by two to six times above background levels between 12 ka and 7 ka, during the last deglaciation. Increased volcanism occurs in deglaciating regions. Causal mechanisms could include an increase in magma production owing to the mantle decompression caused by ablation of glaciers and ice caps or a more general pacing of when eruptions occur by the glacial variability. A corollary is that ocean ridge volcanic production should decrease with the rising sea level during deglaciation, with the greatest effect at slow spreading ridges.

    CO2 output from the increased subaerial volcanism appears large enough to influence glacial/interglacial CO2 variations. We estimate subaerial emissions during deglaciation to be between 1000 and 5000 Gt of CO2 above the long term average background flux, assuming that emissions are proportional to the frequency of eruptions. After accounting for equilibration with the ocean, this additional CO2 flux is consistent in timing and magnitude with ice core observations of a 40 ppm increase in atmospheric CO2 concentration during the second half of the last deglaciation. Estimated decreases in CO2 output from ocean ridge volcanoes compensate for only 20% of the increased subaerial flux.

    If such a large volcanic output of CO2 occurs, then volcanism forges a positive feedback between glacial variability and atmospheric CO2 concentrations: deglaciation increases volcanic eruptions, raises atmospheric CO2, and causes more deglaciation. Such a positive feedback may contribute to the rapid passage from glacial to interglacial periods. Conversely, waning volcanic activity during an interglacial could lead to a reduction in CO2 and the onset of an ice age. Whereas glacial/interglacial variations in CO2 are generally attributed to oceanic mechanisms, it is suggested that the vast carbon reservoirs associated with the solid Earth may also play an important role.[/i]

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    Bob Webster

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    Why does atmospheric CO2 change with Climate?

    Simple explanation for the 800 year lag of CO2 behind climate change:

    1. 70% of Earth’s surface is covered by oceans.

    2. Ocean emission and absorption of atmospheric CO2 are the prime sources and sinks of atmospheric CO2.

    3. Cooler climate cools oceans with about an 800-year average time lag. Cooler oceans absorb relatively more CO2 than warmer oceans. CO2 drops in response to ocean cooling.

    4. Warmer climate warms oceans with about an 800-year average lag time. Warmer oceans emit relatively more CO2 than cooler oceans. CO2 rises in response to ocean warming.

    The process is straightforward and simple.

    Now, those who believe (contrary to the evidence) that CO2 changes first, causing climate to change in response, have some things to explain (they never do):

    1. What is causing the large variations in atmospheric CO2 that are claimed responsible for climate change?

    2. Please explain the temporal distortion that allows a climate driver to change AFTER the climate it drives has already changed?

    Of course, grantologists, with billions of tax dollars at their disposal, make a living out of studies that attempt to debunk reality. Their efforts are becoming laughably (and painfully obvious).

    Note the fraud of data tampering to eliminate the pause in global warming. If the data don’t conform to the theory, change the data. So the grantologists and government “scientists” Just tamper with the data and claim unprecedented warmth!

    Same trick used by Michael Mann, et al, to manufacture his infamous “Hockey Stick” climate record that fraudulently showed the Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age never really happened (they were just too inconvenient to the dogma). Yet the real-world data confirm both events were global in nature.

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    Mike Cross

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    to my limited knowledge there are only two significant thermal energy inputs into the earths mantle and core, the continuous breakdown of long half life radioactive nuclei and the tidal turbulence and frictional heat from the suns’, moon’s and giant planets gravitational fields. I believe the latter builds up continuously and is released priodically such as to cause major climate changes and even extinctions e.g the deccan traps lava flows

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