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volˇcaˇno (vl-kn)
n., pl. volˇcaˇnoes or volˇcaˇnos. Abbr. vol.

    1. An opening in the earth's crust through which molten lava, ash, and gases are ejected. (www.dictionary.com)

As the Earth's tides push the Pacific Plate beneath the Asian continent cracks appear along tectonic boundaries, from buckling, and from stretching of the plates.  All along the Pacific Islands, up through Taiwan, Japan, Kamchatka, Alaska, and down the coast of the Americas there are volcanoes caused by slippage of the tectonic boundaries.  In the middle of the Pacific from Kamchatka to Hawaii is the Emperor Seamount Chain of volcanic mountains caused from the buckling of the Pacific Plate.  For several thousand miles from the coast of the Americas and west into the Pacific there are tens of thousands of underwater volcanoes caused by the stretching of the Pacific Plate.

As underwater volcanism increases, so does the temperature of the ocean, and thus the atmosphere.  The temporary nuclear winter effect of volcanic dust is just a brief distraction from the release of greenhouse gasses and heat into the biosphere.  

Volcanic activity at Hawaii, Italy, and the Caribbean have become more constant.  Each year more volcanoes are becoming active simultaneously and with increasing regularity.  New volcanoes are popping up and long dormant volcanoes are coming back to life.

Volcanism naturally heats the surface of the planet.  It also brings fertility that supports vigorous growth of plants and ultimately animals.  As dangerous and destructive as volcanoes are, they encourage lush vegetation and thus contribute to toward the spread of tropical climate.  Even though many villages and cities will be lost to volcanic activity, other areas will become more hospitable.

We are at the brink of entering a tropical paradise on this Earth as temperatures and humidity rise and new fertility is pumped up from the bowls of the planet.  Food will become more abundant for nearly all forms of life and places now uninhabitable will become lush forests.  Populations will continue to grow.

The higher humidity and temperatures will create a more dense cloud cover for the Earth.  The Earth will be less heated by solar energy and more evenly heated by internal energy.  This will block harmful ultraviolet rays and thus add significantly to the life expectancy of nearly all life forms not living in the immediate vicinity of volcanoes.

The increased cloud cover will distribute the heat of the Earth more evenly between the equator and the poles and ultimately completely melt the ice caps.  At this point the populations of all living things will be most vulnerable as the Earth will be on the teetering edge of a new ice age.

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