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The impact of the Icelandic Volcanos
June 27, 2010
5:51 am
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Jenny
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We all know what the famous “Eyjafjallajokul” (which I have nicknamed “The Eyeful”) had this year but as I am a really curious person I wanted to find out more.  From my info, there was one in 1695 which affected Scotland really badley where crops nor livestock wold survive and caused a number of teh inhabitants to die or to emigrte to other climes especially as Scotland was a hotbed of political intrigue.  There was another one in 1783 (from the Laki Volcano and easier to pronouce) which lasted until Feb. 1783 but brought devasting effects all over Europe on the destruction again of licvetsock and crops beinging famine to many plae especially France and is considered to be the cause of the French revolution in 1789 as leonard Cohen so aptly put it “The poor stay poor and teh Rich stay Ricj”.  Marie Antionette is supposed no to have said “let the eat cake” but she is well known for it and the class difffrence in that country was huge.

I cannot find any information about previous volcanoes but DorothyDunnet in her “Nicolai” series does refer to one happening in the 15th century which, if it did, cold have caused similar havoc around Europe.  Any more info. would be greatly appreciated and may hep us to understand the happening in England/Britain during that epocj. 

June 27, 2010
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I could not find info on a specific volcano eruption in the 15th century.  Europe was in a “Little Ice Age” at that time.  Some say there was volcanic eruptions but not enough to cause an ice age.  The years it lasted seem to vary.  Some say from 600 AD to 1870.  Others say from 800AD. Still others say from 1300-1870. They also say it may have been due to a lack of solar sun spots. Which BTW is occurring right now.  Really interesting stuff.

Here's is an interesting site about this:

http://www.eh-resources.org/ti…..e_lia.html

June 28, 2010
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Many thanks Sharon for the link – I have had a very quick look at it and it seems absolutely fascinating.  What I will have to do is print it out and read it over my after work G & T when things have calmed down.

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