Frost rings in trees as records of major volcanic eruptions

Valmore C. LaMarche, Katherine K. Hirschboeck

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Abstract

New data about climatically-effective volcanic eruptions during the past several thousand years may be contained in frost-damage zones in the annual rings of trees. There is good agreement in the timing of frost events and recent eruptions, and the damage can be plausibly linked to climatic effects of stratospheric aerosol veils on hemispheric and global scales. The cataclysmic proto-historic eruption of Santorini (Thera), in the Aegean, is tentatively dated to 1628-26 BC from frost-ring evidence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-126
Number of pages6
JournalNature
Volume307
Issue number5947
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1984

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