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Eruptions linked to El Niño

Statistical validation of a relationship between explosive volcanic eruptions and the El Niño/Southern Oscillation is a step forward in understanding the effects of such eruptions on climate.

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Figure 1: Blown sky high — a view from the space shuttle Atlantis of volcanic dust, high in the Earth's atmosphere, following the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo (below) in the Philippines.



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de Silva, S. Eruptions linked to El Niño. Nature 426, 239–241 (2003).

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